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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Spurs – Game 27 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (16-11) | San Antonio Spurs (4-20)

 

It was the Lakers vs Spurs once again on Friday night. The Lakers were shorthanded, and it showed as they lost to the Spurs 129-115, ending San Antonio’s 18-game losing streak.

The Lakers vs Spurs played in San Antonio on Friday.

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The Lakers were in San Antonio to take on the Spurs again on Friday night. Down three starters and shorthanded yet again this season, the Lakers were undone by a slow start against the very Spurs, who they beat two days ago, as San Antonio snapped their 18-game losing streak with a 129-115 victory.

The Lakers ruled out Anthony Davis, D’Angelo Russell, and Cam Reddish. Add that to the injuries to Jalen Hood-Schifino and Gabe Vincent. With Maxwell Lewis with South Bay in the G League, the Lakers had eight non-two-way players available.

The only team 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.

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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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Without so many key pieces, the Lakers predictably struggled early as the Spurs jumped out to a 16-4 lead despite a highlight dunk by James in transition.

Austin Reaves was in the starting lineup for the Lakers and got a couple of early buckets, but Spurs players like Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell were hot early. Darvin Ham was finally forced to call a timeout with the Lakers trailing 21-8.

No longer interested in having a losing streak, the Spurs flew out of the gate on Friday and stormed out to a big lead. A bevy of 3-pointers and baskets in the paint put the Lakers in a big hole early. Down their three starters, the Lakers couldn’t create as easily offensively, and the few times they did, they struggled to convert.

Even if it felt like the purple and gold were creating open looks, which they were, and missing them, the big deficit would be hard to overcome even for a full-strength Lakers team. And on Friday, they were far from that.

By the end of the first quarter, the Spurs were shooting 16-25 from the field, 6-11 from the 3-point line, and also had seven second-chance points. Between the fourth quarter on Friday and the first quarter on Monday, San Antonio scored 87 points over the previous two periods against the Lakers.

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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The Spurs stayed hot from 3-point range to begin the second quarter, while the Lakers were ice cold. After the deficit ballooned to 25, though, the Lakers began to chip away with a 15-2 run to get back in it.

Missed opportunities and missed shots continued to plague the Lakers offensively, making the uphill battle even more difficult. Defensively, Darvin Ham attempted a zone defense on a handful of occasions that failed to do much to deter the hosts either.

LeBron continued creating open looks offensively, setting up the likes of Rui Hachimur and Jaxson Hayes at the rim, with only the latter converting. A kick-out pass to a Reaves 3-pointer and a Hayes free throw continued a growing run as the Lakers inched closer.

The Lakers’ run continued to end the half with James dotting Wembanyama’s eyes on a triple. Christian Wood also made some big contributions offensively, and a once 25-point deficit was just seven at the half, 69-62.

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Lakers vs Spurs 3rd Quarter:

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

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Unfortunately for the Lakers, the first-quarter Spurs came out in the third quarter as they were red-hot from deep again to get their lead back up to 16.

The Spurs kept the Lakers at that arm’s length for the remainder of the quarter, answering each run with one of their own. The Lakers would get back within eight points after an 8-0 run that featured a pair of Reaves threes and a Wood dunk right after the Spurs opened up one of their biggest leads in multiple quarters.

The young Spurs kept their composure and eventually regained control, though, closing the quarter strong to take a 98-87 lead into the fourth. It marked just the second time all season that the Spurs won a third quarter.

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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Photo Credit: Eric Gay/AP

Vassell and the Spurs stayed hot to begin the fourth, stretching the lead even further up to 17. While James was doing what he could to get open looks for his teammates, they just weren’t falling while the Spurs were scoring with ease on the other end.

As much as they may have run out of gas, the effort was also not great throughout the night, particularly defensively, where the Spurs essentially got what they wanted.

The Spurs beat the Lakers 129-115, ending their 18-game losing streak, as well as sending the Lakers back to L.A. for a weekend off before they host the Knicks on Monday.

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The Los Angeles Lakers‘ next game is at Crypto.com Arena as they take on the New York Knicks on Monday, December 18th, at 7:30 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

 

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