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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Spurs – Game 58 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (31-27)  |  San Antonio Spurs (28-26)

 

Friday night, it was the Lakers vs Spurs in Los Angeles. The Lakers welcomed back LeBron James as the Lakers hosted the Victor Wembanyama and the Spurs. Anthony Davis, James, and the Lakers were too much for San Antonio as they cruised to a 123-118 win. 

 

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On Friday night, the Los Angeles Lakers were back at home as they took on the San Antonio Spurs at Crypto.com Arena.

It marked the only time this season that Victor Wembanyama came to Crypto.com Arena to match up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and it was the Lakers that came out on top with a 123-118 victory.

James was back in the starting lineup for the Lakers after missing Thursday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors with an ankle injury. Like the Lakers, the Spurs also came off a loss on Thursday, falling to the Sacramento Kings.

Getting their leader back on the court was great for the Lakers, and it helped put the rest of the players back in their natural spots. Life is always much easier for the likes of D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, and Rui Hachimura when they can play off James and the attention he draws.

 

Lakers vs Spurs First Quarter:

 

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Wembanyama got his team off to a nice start, blocking Austin Reaves and then getting fouled by Davis on a 3-point attempt and making all three free throws.

Reaves had an excellent response, though, throwing a lob to James on the ensuing possession. Wembanyama was still in a groove early, hitting a pair of triples to give his team an advantage. He also drew a second early foul on Davis.

Once Wembanyama went to the bench for the first time, though, the Lakers naturally went on a run to take the lead as James started to get going offensively. Davis also took full advantage of Wembanyama being on the bench as the Lakers’ run extended to 14-0, taking their first double-digit lead.

Wembanyama returned to end the quarter and resumed his domination, cutting the Spurs’ deficit to 30-26 after one.

 

Lakers vs Spurs 2nd Quarter:

 

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A minute into the second quarter, the Lakers‘ lead was down to three. Russell was fouled while attempting a three, and he drilled all his free throws to extend the Lakers‘ lead to six. Russell was celebrating his 28th birthday on Friday, so naturally, he got going offensively with some outside shots to begin the second, quickly getting the lead back to double digits.

The Lakers‘ lead went back and forth between seven and nine, thanks to the Spurs finding ways to answer back. An Austin Reaves three and Davis layup pushed the Lakers lead to 11. Hachmiura added to that with a 3-pointer of his own.

At the half, the Lakers led 66-59.

 

Lakers vs Spurs 3rd Quarter:

 

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Both teams came out in the third quarter a little messy, but James and Russel nailed shots to extend the lead to 10. The Lakers went on a 9-2 scoring run. James was firing from all cylinders on Friday and knocked down two threes in the quarter. Hachmiura connected on a three, which extended the lead to 15. The young Spurs team would not quit, cutting the lead back to nine, led by Julian Champagnie.

James brought it back to single digits. The Lakers were making a lot of silly mistakes, including Reaves‘ five turnovers. The Spurs cut the deficit to three, but a 3-pointer from Reaves and a free throw from Max Christie stopped the Spurs’ momentum.

The Lakers were up 97-90 at the end of the quarter.

 

Lakers vs Spurs 4th Quarter:

 

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The Spurs started the fourth quarter with a three, keeping the momentum the Lakers had hoped they wouldn’t have. Jaxson Hayes continued his excellent run of productive minutes, bringing the energy and dunks. The Lakers lead was back to 10, but Wembanyama cut it to nine with a pair of free throws.

Taurean Prince was having a rough night offensively but knocked down a much-needed three to extend the lead to 12. All of Hayes’ points tonight came from dunks as he made yet another one in the quarter. Although the Spurs kept fighting back, the Lakers were again able to grab a big lead as they went up 16 with nine minutes left in the game.

James made a three that was the final nail in the coffin. The Spurs continued to play hard, mounting a late comeback at the end as the Lakers won 123-118.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns on Sunday, February 25th, at 12:30 pm PST at Crypto.com Arena. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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