Still orphans of LeBron James, the Lakers start to find a good cruising speed in the absence of their boss. Guided again by a Anthony Davis good night (30 points, 18 rebounds and 3 steals), so they signed their third straight victory tonight, against Spurs powerless through and through (123-92).
A one-sided match, therefore, in which the “Purple & Gold” can be seen leaving no chance to the Texan franchise, taking advantage from the first minutes and continuing to increase it in the course of the game, to succeed in their greatest collective performance of the season. In the condition of a “AD” is still ugly under the panels…
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
— The Lakers in steamroller mode. 34-20 after twelve minutes, 66-48 at halftime and 95-67 after three quarters, for +32 at the end: it is an understatement that the “Purple & Gold” walked the Spurs today. Without LeBron James, the miracle recipe is all found, because they only have to water the wolves Anthony Davis, who wants to punish the small ball opponent, then let the “small” enjoy the spaces created by their interior. And when Los Angeles players can run as a bonus, thanks to the ball losses caused, while aggressive towards the circle, not much can happen to them.
— Anthony Davis continues his work. Knowing that the Lakers’ safety will pass him by, Darvin Ham wants to make him the main part of his attack and, in the absence of LeBron James, the California coach is having a field day, because “AD” is simply unplayable for three games: 35 points and 17 rebounds on average! Imperial in attack, where he missed nothing – or almost – in shooting (62%) and throwing (92%), the All-Star interior offers a bonus defensive quality, to remind the forgotten that he remains a reference in his position , when he is not damaged by injuries and he decides to play to his strengths.
✅ Austin Reaves. In the shadow of Anthony Davis, the Lakers’ young back was also in the form of his life, with his best scoring outing of the season (21 points) and fourth straight game with at least 15 points. More and more liberated in the attack, where he does not hesitate to draw from a distance, keep the ball in isolation or throw the systems, but also important and involved in the defense, the 24-year-old player is now part of the Darvin Ham base elements. It’s hard, under these conditions, to get it out of five. Even if LeBron James comes back?
✅ The Los Angeles collective as a whole. In addition to Anthony Davis and Austin Reaves, five Lakers players also finished with 10 points or more: Thomas Bryant (15 points, 9 rebounds), Lonnie Walker IV (14 points), Dennis Schröder (13 points), Kendrick Nunn (13 points ) and finally Russell Westbrook (10 points, 10 assists). Usually the type of match that allows a whole team to boost their confidence as Darvin Ham’s men go today to test themselves against Phoenix.
⛔ San Antonio. Surprisingly attractive in the first two weeks of the competition, Spurs began to seriously suffer a blow in three weeks: ten defeats in twelve games and a fifth defeat in a row. Without Jakob Poeltl (or Gregg Popovich, sick), Anthony Davis has a boulevard in the racket and this one was not asked to torment the Texans, who did not compete with these Lakers and got by the throat in every beginning of halftime. A collective slump, epitomized by Keldon Johnson’s terrible performance: 12 points, 4/20 on shots, including 1/10 on 3-pts…
Los Angeles (5-10) : travel to Phoenix, overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday (04:00).
San Antonio (6-12) : reception of New Orleans, in the evening of Wednesday to Thursday (02:00).