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NBA: Lakers in the hunt for first highway win vs slumping Spurs


Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball alongside Anthony Davis #3 in the course of the second half of the NBA recreation at Footprint Heart on November 22, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 115-105. Christian Petersen/Getty Photos/AFP

The Los Angeles Lakers will likely be in the hunt for their first highway win of the 12 months and hope to have LeBron James again to assist Friday after they sq. off towards the struggling Spurs within the first of back-to-back video games between the groups in San Antonio.

The groups performed in Los Angeles on Sunday with the Lakers cruising to a 123-92 win regardless of taking part in with out James. James traveled with the crew for its three-game Thanksgiving highway journey and is anticipated to play in not less than one of many two-games-in-two-nights set in San Antonio.

Los Angeles’ most up-to-date outing was a 115-105 loss at Phoenix on Tuesday that snapped its season-best three-game profitable streak. Anthony Davis led the best way for the Lakers within the loss, scoring 37 factors and grabbing a season-high 21 rebounds.

Davis is the primary participant in NBA historical past to attain not less than 35 factors, 20 rebounds, 5 blocks and 5 steals for the reason that league began recording blocks and steals.

He additionally grew to become simply the third Laker to attain 30 or extra factors and seize 15 or extra rebounds in 4 consecutive video games, becoming a member of Elgin Baylor and Shaquille O’Neal.

Lonnie Walker IV scored 24 factors, Russell Westbrook added 21 and Austin Reaves hit for 11 factors for the Lakers. James didn’t play due to a lingering adductor damage. Los Angeles has dropped all six of their highway video games.

Los Angeles has performed higher as reserves Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant have lastly seen the court docket after lacking the beginning of the season. Lakers coach Darvin Ham expects his crew to be even stronger when James, who hasn’t performed since Nov. 9, returns.

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LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up throughout a time-out from the second half of the NBA recreation at Footprint Heart on November 22, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 115-105. Christian Petersen/Getty Photos/AFP

“It’s going to be nice as we proceed to get folks again totally wholesome and change into complete,” Ham mentioned. “I’m certain we’ll determine it out. We’re simply continually simply it recreation after recreation after recreation, simply leaning in the direction of solidifying one thing sooner or later.”

The Spurs have spiraled down the West standings by shedding six straight, together with a 129-110 blowout at residence to New Orleans on Wednesday. San Antonio missed it first eight photographs and was down 9-0 earlier than it scored a degree, trailed by 10 after one interval and by 19 on the half earlier than mustering some combat within the second half.

It was the eleventh loss for the Spurs of their previous 12 video games. Issues are so dangerous in San Antonio proper now that coach Gregg Popovich resorted to praising his crew for enjoying New Orleans even after halftime.

“The third quarter and half the fourth quarter we performed fairly good D (protection),” Popovich defined. “In that time period we obtained outscored by six (factors). So the physicality of each offense and protection taking part in with goal and never simply strolling round. It took all that point to get them to the purpose to get them the place they competed the best way they wanted to to win within the NBA.”

Devin Vassell led San Antonio with 26 factors, with Doug McDermott including 21, Jeremy Sochan scoring 12 and Keita Bates-Diop hitting for 10. Jakob Poeltl pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for the Spurs. Keldon Johnson, who had been San Antonio’s main scorer, had a season-low 5 factors on 2-of-9 taking pictures.

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