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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Spurs – Game 26 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (16-10) | San Antonio Spurs (3-20)

 

It was the Lakers vs Spurs on Wednesday night in the first of back-to-back games in San Antonio. After jumping out to a big lead, the Lakers held on to a 122-119 win.

The Lakers vs Spurs played in San Antonio on Wednesday.

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The Lakers traveled straight to San Antonio to take on the Spurs after dropping a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. This was the first of two straight matchups between both teams, who will see each other twice in the same arena in the next three days.

The Lakers played against this year’s No. 1 draft pick, Victor Wembanyama, and the Spurs for the first time this season. The Spurs, who haven’t won a game since Nov. 3, have now lost a franchise-worst 17 straight games and are desperate to snap their losing streak against a Lakers team that will play on the second night of a back-to-back.

The only team that’s currently playing worse than the Spurs, at least based on the standings, is the Detroit Pistons, who have their own issues and have dropped 20 straight games.

From the outside looking in, it seems like the only bright spot going well for San Antonio is Wembanyama, who came into the game averaging 18.8 points and 10.6 rebounds in 30.4 minutes per game. His undeniable talent, though, hasn’t been enough to help them win more than three games so far this season, as the Spurs have struggled to get production outside of their lottery pick. They have an evident lack of talent surrounding their franchise player.

That said, Wednesday’s match may seem like a cakewalk for the Lakers, but hopefully, they don’t approach it like it is. Teams amid a franchise record-breaking losing streak are always desperate to stop further embarrassing themselves.

This Spurs team can still shoot the three-point ball well, which is perhaps the only thing they do better than the Lakers right now. But the Lakers should be able to expose their lack of talent and the fact that they take too many inefficient shots.

Despite LeBron James missing the game due to a left calf strain, the Lakers managed to beat the San Antonio Spurs on the road 122-119.

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Lakers vs Spurs First Quarter:

It was the start of the Lakers vs Spurs in the first quarter. 

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The game didn’t get off to the best start for the Lakers as Anthony Davis rolled his ankle 30 seconds in, although he was able to walk it off and stay in the game. The Lakers got a quick look at rookie phenom Victor Wembanyama as he hit an early triple for the Spurs, although Rui Hachimura responded with seven quick points, including a 3-pointer of his own. Hachimura got the start in place of James.

Davis then went to work on the rookie to the tune of six straight points, forcing Gregg Popovich to take an early timeout with the Lakers leading 13-8.

After the Lakers built their lead to eight, Popovich pulled all five starters to inject some life into his team. While that led to a 5-0 run, Davis (15 points), Hachimura (nine points), and the Lakers were too much for the young Spurs in the first quarter as they led 34-26.

Austin Reaves closed the first quarter with a buzzer-beater and then kept it going early in the second with a triple. Taurean Prince also got in on the action to put LA up 16.

It was the end of the Lakers vs Spurs in the first quarter. 

Lakers vs Spurs 2nd Quarter:

It was the start of the Lakers vs Spurs in the second quarter. 

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Davis continued his recent MVP-esque offensive production, scoring 24 points in the first half, the most by any Laker in a half this season. Davis also had the highlight of the night posterizing Victor Wembanyama late in the second quarter.

Wembanyama matched that energy by going right back at Davis with a dunk of his own, followed by an alley-oop.

Davis continued his dominance with a pair of rare triples and a dunk on Wembanyama, although the rookie responded with a dunk of his own and a block to end the half, so the Lakers’ lead was cut to 63-50.

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Lakers vs Spurs 3rd Quarter:

It was the start of the Lakers vs Spurs third quarter. 

Prince and Cam Reddish were locking up defensively for the Lakers early in the third quarter, creating fastbreak opportunities with Hachimura capitalizing with a dunk. Prince also got going offensively with five straight to stretch the lead to 19.

To the Spurs’ credit, they didn’t just fold and kept fighting to get back in the game, with Keldon Johnson attacking the basket offensively. Reaves and Max Christie connected from deep to end the third quarter, though, so the Lakers maintained a comfortable 92-74 lead going into the fourth.

It was the end of the Lakers vs Spurs third quarter. 

Lakers vs Spurs 4th Quarter:

It was the start of the Lakers vs Spurs in the fourth quarter. 

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With Davis on the bench, the Spurs got their deficit back down to 13 before Prince buried another triple.

The Spurs got it back to single digits behind some buckets and fouls down low for Wembanyama. He then connected on back-to-back 3-pointers before the Lakers committed a silly turnover, making it just a two-point game.

Wembanyama was on a mission from there, taking the ball to the hole and getting fouled. He would make only one of two, though, which proved to be crucial, with Davis making two of his own at the line. That left the Spurs trailing by three, and Wembanyama couldn’t pull a rabbit out of his hat, and the Lakers would hang on for the win.

Davis led the way with 37 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, and four steals, while Wembanyama had 30 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and six blocks.

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The Los Angeles Lakers‘ next game is in San Antonio to take on the Spurs on Friday, December 15th, at 4:30 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

 

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