Lakers Beat Spurs, Win Third Straight

  • Lakers Beat Spurs, Win Third Straight

Lakers Beat Spurs, Win Third Straight

Prior to Thursday's game, the San Antonio Spurs head coach said that Ball "is just another fan from the peanut gallery".

Facing what felt like a must-win against the worst team in the National Basketball Association with the possibility of things spiraling further out of control, the Lakers avoided adding fuel and speculation to what LaVar Ball said by not matching the franchise's record low of 10 straight losses.

Aldridge finished with 20 points on the night, while Gasol scored nine points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out five assists on the court where he celebrated the Lakers' most recent title.

The Lakers have won two in a row following a season-high nine-game losing streak that saw LaVar Ball make critical comments of Luke Walton and young players such as Kyle Kuzma speak up publicly to support the head coach. "He scores pretty easily and that is his game".

Walton was not sated by the win, however.

At 37, Gasol is averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Spurs.

The total has gone over in five of Los Angeles' last seven games at home.

"I'll play for anybody", said Lonzo. The Spurs tallied the final five points of the stanza to move within six. De'Aaron Fox had 15 points and Buddy Hield scored 13.

To San Antonio's advantage, however, they have one of the most brilliant coaching minds the league has ever seen - Gregg Popovich. Sacramento shot a season-worst 34.5 percent from the field (30 of 87).

Can you imagine if the Lakers dump Walton after what LaVar said?

"I got executives in my ear, I got agents in my ear, saying, 'Oh yeah, they're probably going to hire David Fizdale.'"

Los Angeles has a great opportunity to finish this homestand strongly by beating one of the best teams in the West, so look for that to happen with the team's rookies leading the way. Lopez then missed from long range on what he admitted was a heat-check shot, but Ball was under the basket for a putback.

"If LeBron is strongly considering the Lakers, they have to understand LaVar would be a deterrent", Broussard said, as transcribed by The Big Lead.

After the Lakers' first victory since December 20, Walton was even able to crack a joke about LaVar Ball when asked about his strategy for taking his rookie point guard out midway through the first and second quarters to use him to start the next quarter with the second unit.

"Tonight he had moments where he was great at it and there were moments where he over-penetrated and we got in trouble", Walton said.

The Lakers were doing a better job with ball movement, according to Caldwell-Pope.

Kings: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.