In the second night of yesterday’s rematch, Los Angeles got the job done against San Antonio. They won 143-138 with Anthony Davis due to a hamstring injury he suffered the night before.
The first was an up and down quarter for purple and gold. LeBron was taking hotly contested threes and missing them, San Antonio was able to score in the paint with ease without Davis and Russell Westbrook was coming off the bench and producing well. Thanks to a wild final play where Wenyen Gabriel stole the ball near midcourt and hit a buzzer three times, the Lakers trailed only one after first despite being outright outmatched for the majority of the quarter.
In the second quarter, San Antonio continued to push the pace and score in the paint. The Lakers were settling for the long jump, and the Spurs were able to get on the boards and run. This terrible combination resulted in an avalanche of runs for the Spurs that trailed the Lakers by as much as 11 in the quarter.
Unfortunately for San Antonio, the frantic pace may have resulted in an injury to Jacob Poitel, who went down in the second inning and was ruled out for the rest of the game due to right quadriceps soreness. The Lakers continued to fight back and regain the lead. Dennis Schroeder played well and scored 16 points. Wenyen contributed six points in 8 minutes of play, and the half ended with Ross and LeBron tying in a SportsCenter-friendly alley to give the Lakers a 70-68 lead after two.
So, did the Lakers’ third quarter rear its ugly head on Saturday? no they did not. The Lakers managed to chip away at several Spurs runs, Russell Westbrook was injured midway through the quarter (along with a sharp elbow to the head he took from Collins), and San Antonio dominated in the paint with 66 of 138. coming from within. Despite all of this, the Lakers have shown a level of fight and tenacity that must be respected. They executed their free throws, going 86.5% From charity tape, he shot it 17-33 from behind the arc and finished in third place 106-97.
Los Angeles had a smooth ride in the fourth as they beat San Antonio for the second night in a row. LeBron went nuclear from deep, going 7-12 from behind the arc, 10-10 from completely charity bar, and finished the night with 39 points and 11 rebounds. San Antonio made a fake comeback midway through the fourth to close within seven points, but Lonnie Walker IV scored 10 consecutive points for the Lakers shutting the door on the Spurs. The Lakers improved to 7-11 on the season.
The Lakers are now done with the easy part of their November schedule. Nine of their next 10 games will be against teams above . 500, so the sooner the Lakers get Anthony Davis back, the better. We’ll see if the AD is available for the Lakers’ next game against the Pacers on Monday at 7:30 PST.
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