The Spurs led by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, and it appeared they were about to pick up their second win of the season over the Lakers in Staples Center. However, this time, the LeBron James-led comeback would not fall short, as it did in a Spurs overtime win earlier in the season, as L.A. won 121-113.
James took over with 20 points in the final period, hitting some deep three-pointers, including one from near the logo to give the Lakers a lead with just under six minutes to go, after giving L.A. their first lead of the quarter on a transition layup the play before.
LeBron hit another stepback three that was, in essence, the dagger with the Lakers already up three and just over a minute to play, despite a strong contest from Rudy Gay.
When he’s hitting those, it’s just about impossible to guard him and his team tends to win games when he gets it going from the perimeter. James finished the game going 3-of-7 from deep, but all of those came when they needed it most and he was 15-of-24 from the field overall, attacking the basket with aggression.
Kyle Kuzma added 22 points for L.A. and Lonzo Ball had a strong outing with 14 points and nine assists, including a thunderous dunk in the first half and a big three late with the game tied at 104.
The Spurs got a monster outing from Rudy Gay with 31 points on 21 shots, along with 32 points on 27 shots from DeMar DeRozan, but it wasn’t enough to fend off James in the end.
The win keeps the Lakers hot, as they’ve won 11 of their last 14 games and continue to climb the Western Conference standings. The Spurs are going the other direction, losing 12 of their last 17 after a hot start to the season and now finding themselves in the second-to-last spot in the West.