February 26th, 2017
The Spurs issued the Lakers a good old fashioned beat down on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center, in a 119-98 win over LA.
This game was like watching the old man at the YMCA school the young athletic kid that thinks he’s invincible. The Spurs took a 16 point lead behind 16 1st quarter points from Kawhi Leonard after 12 minutes of play. They also had 14 assists on 15 made field goals.
Midway through the 2nd quarter, San Antonio already had 17 points off 10 Laker turnovers, and had built an 18 point lead. That lead ballooned to 61-41 by halftime.
There were a few bright spots for LA despite getting manhandled. One of them was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar getting honored at halftime for his various work in social activism. On the floor, Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 22 points, while D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson were productive on offense as well. Russell scored 18 points, and Clarkson scored 19, with each of them shooting an efficient 50% from the field.
Despite a better effort in the 2nd half from LA, the difference in the game was the Spurs efficiency at both ends of the floor. San Antonio had 49 baskets on 37 assists. The Spurs were led by Leonard’s 25 points, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16, and Pau Gasol had 15.
The loss was the 41st of the season for LA, and their 4th straight defeat. San Antonio on the other hand improved to 45-13, and 3-0 against the Lakers on the season.
The Lakers continue their home stand on Tuesday night against Charlotte, when they’ll try to get back in the win column.