Even with Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram out, the Spurs couldn’t beat the Lakers on the road, dropping their second game in as many nights at the Staples Center. The Lakers shot 56% for the game, and Josh Hart missed a driving layup at the fourth quarter buzzer, sending it to overtime, where Kyle Kuzma took over, scoring 6 of the Lakers’ 14 OT points.
A 10-2 run by the Spurs at the end of the third gave them a lead going into the fourth, but then the Lakers went on a 9-2 run to take it back. Caifornia fourth quarters have been miserable for the Spurs defensively this week, as they gave up 41 against the Clippers, Tuesday and then were victimized 41-25 in the fourth and overtime against the Lakers.
- The Lakers dominated fast break points 21-9, as well as points in the paint, where they lead the NBA, 58-44.
- Even with the Spurs having 5 players in double figures, led by LaMarcus Aldridge’s 28, San Antonio was swept by the Lakers this season.
- Kuzma was killer, scoring 30 on the night, his highest total against the Spurs this season, but Channing Frye’s 19 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 21 also hurt San Antonio.
- Even though Aldridge led the Spurs in scoring, he only went 1-3 in the fourth and didn’t attempt a shot in OT as L.A. swarmed him and San Antonio couldn’t capitalize. Dejounte Murray was the bright spot, again, with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.
San Antonio has another tough one Saturday at 8 pm against Portland at home.