April 5, 2017
The Lakers went in to San Antonio and shocked the Spurs 102-95 on Wednesday night. Tyler Ennis started in place of the injured D’Angelo Russell and scored 19 points, and the Lakers snapped an 8-game losing streak against Spurs.
LA got off to a fast start and lead by as many 26 points. Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t play in the 2nd half.
“I didn’t want to overplay anybody just to win a basketball game,” Greg Popovich said. “It doesn’t make much sense in the long run.”
The win was probably a bad thing for the Lakers lottery chances. LA is now 1.5 games better than Phoenix. The Suns have the 2nd worst record in the NBA. The Lakers 2017 1st round pick is top 3 protected.
“They’re having fun,” Los Angeles coach Luke Walton said. “We’re trying to build momentum for this off-season and hopefully we can stay healthy and keep playing a certain way.”
The Lakers outscored the Spurs 58-38 in the paint. Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points, and Larry Nance Jr. poured in 15 points and 9 rebounds.
The Lakers return home to play the Kings on Friday night at Staples Center.