Lakers impress with blowout win over Spurs

The Lakers kept their momentum and won their third straight game in convincing fashion with a 123-92 win over the Spurs on Sunday night.

After trailing 4-2 early in the 1st quarter, the Lakers went on a 9-0 run to control the game and never looked back. They finished the first period 14 points clear, tacked on another four points to finish the half on 18 and then broke the game up in the 3rd quarter to gain as much as 34 points and drove through the rest of the game to get the W.

Anthony Davis was dominant in this game as well, scoring 30 points (12-19 shots) while grabbing 18 rebounds, plus 2 assists, 3 steals and a single block. This was AD’s third straight game in which he scored at least 30 points and grabbed more than 15 rebounds, the longest such streak of his career.

AD had his full arsenal of offensive moves in this game, dominating inside with post-ups and assisting dunks, creating the dribbling for one-legged runners and even peppering some middle-class jumpers for good measure. Add to that his fantastic rim protection and general defensive activity and it’s no wonder he finished the night as the team’s top +34 on the box score.

Russell Westbrook joined AD in the double-double move, scoring 10 points (4-9 shots, 2-5 from long range) and dishing out top-level 10 assists. Russ was excellent at picking up the pace to create easy scoring chances for teammates in the transition phase, notably finding a kinship with Thomas Bryant, who ran the floor very well to come into contact with Russ more than once in highlight reels to step.

Bryant also excelled on offense at half-court, finishing the basket well with both hands via dump-off passes and fast hitters on dives out of the pick-and-roll. Bryant scored 15 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting and added 9 rebounds.

Austin Reaves also had another excellent game, continuing his recent run of strong games. Reaves scored 21 points on 7-11 shooting, including putting down 3 of his 4 attempts from behind the arc, and was again aggressive in seeking his own offense and did so while finishing with skill and efficiency. He also continued to show off his ability to create shots for teammates, dishing out 3 assists while playing his trademark hard-nosed defense.

All in all, this was one of the best Lakers performances of the season. They played excellent defense, parrying shots well all over the floor and forcing the lower-percentage San Antonio shooters to prove they could put down 3-pointers to beat them. The Spurs weren’t able to do that — shooting 20.6% from deep and just 39% from the field overall — and the Lakers took advantage, pushing the pace off defensive rebounds and looking good against one yet specified defense scored .

On the other hand, the Lakers shot 52.9% from the field and had seven players scoring double digits. They shared the ball well, consistently made the extra pass and scored their second straight game with 29 assists. They aggressively attacked the basket all night, earning 24 free throw attempts and knocking down 21 of them (87.5%). It’s hard to ask for much more of them on either side of the ball.

With three straight wins on the books, the Lakers will be looking to continue their winning streak when they face the Suns in Phoenix on Tuesday.


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