Anthony Davis scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help Los Angeles Lakers beat San Antonio Spurs, 114-106, on Sunday.
Talen Horton Tucker scored 17 in his season debut for Lakers, while Wayne Ellington and Carmelo Anthony each had 15.
Los Angeles led 14 points at halftime. They held on to win the game 3-3 when LeBron Jam was forced to miss Nov. 4 due to an abdominal strain. The Lakers have won four games overall this season without James, including a 125-121 overtime win in San Antonio on October 26.
Two days after the Lakers lost by 24 points to Minnesota at home, Davis played the big game. The All-Star forward said that Davis’ performance was “embarrassing” afterward and that the team had not given their best effort in the final quarter.
His Sunday effort was a concerted effort by others to set an example.
Davis stated that he wanted to “come out and dominate the match and do whatever I could get the team going.” “That’s the type of energy you need from our bench, our star players, our role players.”
Dejounte Murray scored a triple-double for Spurs with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Keldon Johnson scored 24. Murray’s other triple-double came in the previous meeting against the Lakers.
San Antonio lost its fifth game in seven and fell in Los Angeles’ opener of consecutive games. The Clippers are meeting on Tuesday night.
Gregg Popovich, Spurs coach said, “I was really pleased with their effort.” “Too many turnovers tonight, but we never gave up,” Popovich said. They kept playing, they’re getting better. They’ve got to keep their energy up.”
The Spurs surrendered 19 points on 15 turnovers while scoring 15 points on 16 Lakers turnovers.
Davis scored 19 points in quarter one on 8-of-10 shots and had 27 in the second half. Horton Tucker’s return also contributed to the increase in energy. With 12 points, the third-year player found comfort in the second half.
Frank Vogel, Lakers head coach, said that Horton-Tucker is a “strong believer” in him and what he could do on both sides. “Obviously, when we get whole, we have a log of good choices, but he’s going to be a big part of it.”
With 2:41 remaining, the Spurs pulled to 105-103 on a 3-pointer by Doug McDermott. The Lakers took control with a 7-0 run. Anthony scored a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to give them a 110-103 lead. Russell Westbrook made a layup for a 112-103 advantage.
Westbrook finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, as well as seven assists. Malik Monk scored 16 for the Lakers.
“One day at a time, that’s all I can tell you,” Westbrook said when asked if the Lakers are close to being the team they hoped to be with James’ return around the corner. “We hope so but we’ll take it one day at a time and slowly get guys back and get it turned around.”
Devin Vassell scored 19 points for San Antonio and Thaddeus Youth had 17.
Popovich stated, “They just have to keep their energy high and their belief that the worm is turning as long as they continue to execute more and better.”
Spurs: C Jakob Poeltl is eligible to return to COVID-19 protocols. However, he was able to watch from the bench while he works out on his conditioning. Poeltl “might be available” for Tuesday’s game against the Clippers, according to Popovich. … F Keita Bates-Diop played three minutes Sunday after missing two games with a lower back bruise.
Lakers: Horton Tucker (thumb), who made his season debut in the starting lineup, scored his first basket with a 3-pointer on the fourth minute. … Anthony made his first start of the season after starting three times in 69 games for the Portland Trail Blazers last season. It was his 1118th career start.
Spurs: Tuesday night, Los Angeles Clippers.
Lakers: Chicago hosts Lakers on Monday night
Source: Fox News