The Spurs took complete control of this game from the start, opening the game with a 9-0 run. By the end of the first the Spurs had built a 16-point lead, 31-15, behind 52% shooting, solid defense and just one turnover. San Antonio continued to play well for the rest of the half before coming out lifeless in the third quarter.
For the second night in a row the Spurs came out of the locker room for the second half of the game without focus or acceptable energy. Luckily for the good guys they had an 18-point cushion and the Lakers are pretty awful at basketball. The Lakers, with the Spurs taking 10 minutes off, were only able to cut it to 12 before the Spurs held them to zero points for the last two and a quarter minutes of the third while putting three on the scoreboard.
The fourth wasn't much with Tony, Tim and Kawhi pushing the lead to 18 before sitting down with the game in hand.
The Spurs did a nice job on the boards (+12) but the team only had 19 assists on their 36 buckets (52.7%). I'm curious to see what kind of Spurs index they had.
It wasn't a great performance from the Spurs, but they did enough to win comfortably and the win sure is nice with the Mavericks and Thunder both losing tonight and one of Houston or Phoenix picking up an L.
Your Spurs improve to 28-17 and have now won nine of their last eleven.
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The Spurs continue their six-game home stand as they host the Bucks at 6 p.m. Spurs time on Sunday.