Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Lakers began their two-way road trip on a negative note, falling to San Antonio…
Los Angeles Lakers began their two-way road trip on a negative note, falling to San Antonio Spurs, 133-120, to prevent their winning line from reaching a five-season season-winning game.
LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma were strong early, which was the key to Lakers remaining liquid in their first game without Brandon Ingram. They started the game on a 7-0 run in what was a high quality first quarter.
The Lakers went on a 1
4-2 run in the second and led by as many as 15. But Spurs responded with an 11-0 stretch to climb into the game. Lakers entered half-time with a 72-68 leader, raised by James turning in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
James scored 7 points in the third quarter and the Lakers closed it on a strong run to take a lead of 99-89 in fourth. The Spurs bench opened the last 12 minutes on an 18-7 run to force the Lakers in a tight game down the stretch.
As L.A. fought to make a foul, DeMar DeRozan released San Antonio a single lead with just under six minutes left. He then barred James & # 39; try the next possession and finished it in the other end of the floor with an arrangement.
DeRozan continued his roll by scoring six points in a row, which put the Lakers in a deficit they could not handle. Lonzo Ball finished with 13 points and 11 assists for his first double-double of the season.