Tony Parker sat out and Ray McCallum started for San Antonio. LaMarcus Aldridge got off to a strong start, scoring the first three baskets for the Spurs. The Lakers surprisingly had a good start as well, and went on an 8-0 run to take a four point lead a few minutes into the quarter. Aldridge then ended the run with his signature turn-around jumper from the left side. LA kept knocking down shots, though. It was a shockingly competitive quarter, due largely to Kobe Bryant going an almost perfect 4-for-5 from the field and the Lakers shooting over 50% overall. The second unit went on a 12-0 run to close the first, though, and the Spurs went into the second with a 31-27 lead.
As strange as it is to say, the Lakers were moving the ball extremely well in the first two quarters, and getting a lot of good looks. Patty Mills was fantastic off the bench, with 13 points and three triples that helped the Spurs maintain a lead for most of the second. After another competitive, the Spurs went to the locker room up 51-49 at the half. D'Angelo Russell and Lou Williams had 15 each for LA, while Aldridge led all scorers with 16.
Kawhi Leonard got off to a quick start to the third quarter and the Lakers looked a bit sluggish. SA slowly but surely extended the lead to double digits. LaMarcus Aldrdige earned a 20-10 line only halfway through the quarter to lead the Spurs. Jonathon Simmons had yet another promising outing with a couple of highlight plays off the bench, but the Lakers rallied in the last minutes to cut the deficit to single digits. Spurs led 79-71 after three.
Simmons continued to be a spark in the fourth quarter as he and Mills prevented the Lakers from getting over the hump. Mills was a ridiculously efficient 9-for-11 with 22 points off the bench and the Spurs coasted for most of the fourth to an easy win.
Spurs win and improve to 19-5 on the season.