The San Antonio Spurs continued their free fall in the Western Conference standings on Saturday night as they came up short in a high-scoring affair against the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite dropping their eighth contest in a row, there were still a few bright spots.
Tre Jones was phenomenal for the Silver and Black, leading them with 23 points, eight rebounds, and 13 assists as he flirted with recording the first triple-double of his career. Keldon Johnson notched 26 points, but it took him a whopping 28 shots to get there.
Tre Jones was aggressive from start to finish on Tuesday night, snatching a defensive rebound, pushing the pace, and going coast-to-coast against Los Angeles for a layup between two defenders.
San Antonio looked alive in transition as they outran their defenders down the hardwood and used a couple of pinpoint passes to connect with Jeremy Sochan in full stride for an uncontested bucket at the rim.
Jakob Poeltl almost recorded a double-double before halftime, and the seven-footer whipped out a slow-motion shimmy with his back to the basket before losing his man with a nifty step-through move.
Although Keldon Johnson has shot an ice-cold 24.1% from beyond the arc over his last seven contests, the fourth-year forward has continued to fire away with confidence and even drained a couple of threes.
The Spurs and Lakers hosted a three-point party inside the AT&T Center, and Zach Collins got in the long-distance extravaganza with a top-of-the-key trifecta that kissed the back of the rim.
Keldon had a handful of encouraging moments despite another off-kilter night from the field, including this and-one underneath the hoop where he grabbed his miss in a crowd and finished through contact.
A Doug McDermott dunk is a rare experience, and Bill Land got excited on the broadcast when Zach Collins delivered a beautiful bounce pass to the sharpshooter on a backdoor cut for a two-handed slam.
Isaiah Roby earned rotation minutes for the shorthanded Spurs during the most recent stretch of their schedule, but catch-and-shoot triples like this one from the corner might warrant a regular role off the bench.
While nagging injuries and a prolonged bout with COVID-19 kept Romeo Langford on the sidelines for most of the season, the 23-year-old showed his worth with a three-ball to keep San Antonio within striking distance.
And as always, here are the full game highlights.