THE San Antonio Spurs sure know how to bounce back from a stunning loss, as the Los Angeles Lakers found out Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Kawhi Leonard led seven players in double figures as the Spurs handed the Lakers their second consecutive blowout loss with a 40-point beatdown, 134-94, at the At&T Center on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
Leonard finished with 31 points, his 10th 30-point game of the season, after making just four in his first five seasons. But what makes his outburst against the Lakers more impressive is that he nabbed the feat in three quarters, shooting just 13 shots and making 10 aside from adding eight free throws to his tally.
San Antonio led by 17 in the first quarter before the Lakers trimmed the gap to four midway through the second period. But that would be the last sign of a fight from the young squad as the Spurs closed out the first half with a 27-9 blitz to score their most points before the break, 72-54.
Things got even more brutal for the Lakers in the third quarter, as the Spurs outscored them in the period 34-21, and the San Antonio reserves didn’t let off the gas in the fourth in building the lead to as high as 42 points.
After a close loss to Milwaukee, San Antonio got back on the winning track to improve to 31-8 as Pau Gasol scored 22 while Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge each added 13 points. Jonathon Simmons and DeWayne Dedmon chipped in 12 and 10 markers, respectively, off the bench.
The Lakers fell to 15-29 following their 108-87 loss to Portland. Julius Randle led the team with 22 points, while Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams were the only other Lakers in double figures with 14 and 10 markers, respectively.