Led by Antony Davis, the purple and gold managed to limit the hosts to just 18 points in the final period, while they had a super three-point barrage. In the moments when both sides were even, trying to break one another’s resistance, LAL sunk six consecutive threes keeping the pace with the Spurs, who slowed down following this stretch.
The Lakers ended the contest with nine consecutive points, putting an end to the Spurs’ hopes of winning.
This game was extremely close and intense, with both sides being under constant pressure changing the lead frequently but not creating some notable difference. The biggest advantage of either team was just seven points.
Four of those six threes were delivered by Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder, two apiece. AD had a team-high 34 points, with 11 boards and five assists, drilling four downtown shots. Schroder had just 15 points, but he stepped up when needed the most.
Meanwhile, LeBron James added another triple-double to his tally, dropping 26 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. LBJ was all over the court, playing a team-high 36 minutes.
Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 11 points each.
Keldon Johnson had a good shooting night, making five threes for 26 points (career-high), but adding 10 rebounds as well. DeMar DeRozan scored 23, with nine rebounds and seven assists, but failing to deliver in the crucial moments of the event.
Veteran Rudy Gay was good off the bench, 15 points, while Patty Mills had 10. Dejounte Murray finished the night with 12 and 8 boards.
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San Antonio couldn’t control the Lakers offensive rebounding, as the guests had twice as many boards in that aspect, 16-9, and overall, Frank Vogel’s side outrebounded the rivals, 58-45.
One of the possible reasons for that was LaMarcus Aldridge’s absence. The strong center skipped his second match in a row, having problems with his left knee.
The Spurs (2-3) host the Utah Jazz on Sunday, before traveling to LA to face the Clippers and have a rematch with the Lakers next Thursday.
LAL (4-2) have back to back encounters with the Memphis Grizzlies, both at the FedEx Forum. Following that, Vogel’s side returns to LA for two home events, vs. Spurs and the Chicago Bulls.