NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at LA Lakers|
(Wednesday, March 19th)
Final Score: San Antonio 125, LA Lakers 109
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Parker netted 25 points while Kawhi
Leonard and Tim Duncan each posted double-doubles to lead the San Antonio
Spurs past the Los Angeles Lakers, 125-109, on Wednesday.
The Spurs put the Lakers away in the fourth quarter en route to their 11th
straight win, as Leonard finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Duncan
added 12 and 16 in the victory.
Danny Green and Manu Ginobili each made three of San Antonio's 12 3-pointers
and totaled 16 and 13 points, respectively.
"We're moving the ball and shooting at a high percentage. We're getting open
looks," Green said. "We're making strides towards playing our best
Xavier Henry scored most of his 24 points in the first half, Pau Gasol chipped
in with 22 points and 10 rebounds and the Lakers fell for the sixth time in
their last seven games.
Los Angeles suffered a 34-point loss to the Spurs last Friday, and while
Wednesday's final score appeared to be lopsided, the Lakers stayed close
through three quarters in front of the home fans.
"Other than the last six minutes we played well. We don't have enough to
compete for 48 minutes against a team like this," Lakers head coach Mike
The Spurs led by 11 in the first quarter, but Henry sparked LA's turnaround,
first hitting a layup that cut the Lakers' deficit to 35-29 at the end of one,
then scoring the first four points during an 8-0 run that gave them a 42-40
lead early in the second.
Even though Henry had 19 points by the break, the Lakers still trailed 58-57
at halftime and went into the fourth down by five, 92-87.
It was still a five-point game before San Antonio's 11-5 run stretched the
difference back to double digits, 108-97, on Duncan's mid-range jumper at the
Marco Belinelli answered a Kent Bazemore 3-pointer with one of his own, and
the Spurs cruised over the final five minutes.
The Kings will get the next shot of stopping the Spurs' winning streak on
Friday ... The Spurs have won all three meetings against the Lakers this
season and seven of the last nine overall ... San Antonio has not lost since
Feb. 21 in Phoenix.
03/20 01:35:23 ET