The Los Angeles Lakers were able to win their second game in a row on Tuesday night, beating the San Antonio Spurs 129-102. They overwhelmed the Spurs on the defensive end all night, even holding the Spurs to only 41 points in the first half.
Here’s our recap of the night.
Lakers’ big men dominate in the paint
In addition to the Lakers’ size proving to be a problem for the undersized Spurs while they were offense, the Lakers’ size proved to be almost as effected while the Spurs were on defense.
There were many alley-oops in the night to Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard, while JaVale McGee was able to receive a few dump-offs and secure some offensive rebounds to get some dunks of his own. Ultimately, Davis ended the game with 18 points, McGee ended with 14, and Howard ended with 12. Comparatively, the Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge ended with 7 points.
LeBron James goes supernova in the 4th quarter
Going into the fourth quarter, LeBron James had 17 points. A pretty good night with that alone, but The King decided to kick it up a notch. He immediately made a three 33 seconds into the fourth, following it up with four more in the next three minutes, ending the night making six of his nine attempts (nice).
There’s really nothing more helpless than an NBA defense in front of LeBron James when he can’t miss from three.
Kyle Kuzma has another great rebounding night
Although he’s had some rough scoring nights as of late, Kyle Kuzma has really been playing hard on the defensive end and just in general on offense. One area that he’s arguably been playing the best in his career is on the glass, and tonight was no different.
He ended the game with 12 rebounds, including four offensive rebounds which led the Lakers. In the game on Friday against the Trail Blazers, Kuzma had a season-high 15 rebounds.
To be fair, Kuzma was also joining in on the fun with LeBron in the fourth and ended with a great scoring night as well. He had 18 points on 63.6% shooting from the field.
The Lakers will pick back up on Thursday at home, as the Houston Rockets will come back in town following the NBA Trade Deadline.