San Antonio — As in the evening, the ball ended up just bouncing into Anthony Davis’s hand.
Under pressure from the Lakers’ Kent Bazemore, San Antonio’s Kent Bazemore lost control of the steering wheel and Davis lost ownership as he began extra time at the AT & T Center on Tuesday night. The last moment of Davis’ 35-point night was to easily leave the collapsed Spurs for the last best effort.
The Lakers had one of their stars short LeBron James sprained ankle due to ankle injury, But two proved to be sufficient. The Lakers won a stunning 125-121 victory in the first road game of the season, with Davis and Russell Westbrook scoring 2-2 with a total of 68 points.
The Lakers entered the fourth quarter by 12 points, but Westbrook and Davis scored to make the difference. Davis took the lead in 4th place for the first time with a jumper on top of the key at 7:11, and Westbrook responded to Spurs’ follow-up 3 pointer with his own tough layup.
For a few minutes, the Lakers seemed to have had to finish the game without Westbrook (10 rebounds, 8 assists) on the floor. He stood on the scorer’s table with his toes in less than a minute, but the Lakers couldn’t replace him with the game without interrupting action.
Still, after Malik Monk (17 points) squared from 30 feet and left 16 seconds on the shot clock, they were ready to win and escape the arena. I filled in the long 3 pointers and took the lead with 114-112. However, the Lakers were unable to keep San Antonio away from the aggressive glass and were sacrificed again. After Jakob Poeltl missed a pair of free throws and took a big break, the Lakers couldn’t lock in the rebound and Bates Diop was able to win the game-scoring points with 32.2 seconds remaining.
The absence of James created holes of all kinds, but perhaps the most obvious was in defense: the Lakers’ structure collapsed without their injured wings. They either lost the tack of a sniper like Lonnie Walker IV (7 to 5 from a range of 3 points) or gave up a pick and roll drive to a 7-foot pole toll (17 to 13, 27 points). The Spurs also performed a better track meet than the Lakers, beating the Lakers with 29 haste points.
The night before returning to his long-time hometown of Oklahoma City, Westbrook looked energetic while boarding paint in opposition to San Antonio’s defense. He finished 27 to 15 off the floor, powering up the Lakers to 72 points with paint. In other possessions, he targeted his teammates at the edge – especially in the back alley pair in the first quarter, where he found DeAndre Jordan.
Westbrook was successful with his infamous whimsical jump shot, scoring a 107-104 lead with three points in the fourth quarter.
Carmelo Anthony, a game that was removed from the 28-point effort to overtake Moses Malone in 9th place on the NBA’s career score list, was exceptionally quiet on the statistics sheet. The 37-year-old scored only 4 points from the bench and was 7 to 1 from the field.
Davis tweaked his right shoulder in the opening quarter and gave the Lakers two horrors after hitting his right knee in the last few seconds of regulation. He still played 42 minutes of Game High.
In the opening minutes of the first quarter, Davis stayed on the court with a clenched right shoulder after Paul Toll’s fierce block of dunks. Davis’s arm bounced, he fell to the court from the brunt of the block, and James stood up from his seat on the worried bench.
Dejounte Murray scored 21 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds in his fifth triple-double and missed the jumper he should have won in the Spurs in the last few seconds. Paultle added 14 rebounds and Walker scored the best 21 points of the season.
I’ll explain this story in more detail.
Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook power Lakers past Spurs in OT – Press Telegram Source link Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook power Lakers past Spurs in OT – Press Telegram