Tim Duncan joined the 25,000 point club on Friday as the San Antonio Spurs won their third straight game, defeating the Lakers in Los Angeles, 93-80.
Duncan became the 19th player in NBA history to join the 25,000 point club. He also became the second player in NBA history to record 25,000 career points, 14,000 career rebounds, and 2,500 career blocks. The other person on that list is Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The Spurs played well throughout the game, taking an early lead and opening the margin to as big as 26 points at one point.
Nov 14, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin (17) and forward Jordan Hill (27) at Staples Center. The Spurs defeated the Lakers 93-80. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
San Antonio also showed great ball control, turning the ball over only eight times for the third straight game. This was great point of emphasis as the Spurs were very turnover prone to begin the season.
The Spurs offensive attack was fairly balanced with five players scoring in double figures. Cory Joseph was the highest scorer of the five, contributing 14 points along with four assists in nearly 26 minutes of action off the bench.
Tim Duncan, who was the man of the night with his milestone accomplishment, also played well for San Antonio. The Spurs star forward put in another double-double effort, 13 points and 11 rebounds on 6-of-8 shooting, moving ever so close to catching Karl Malone’s fifth all-time double-double mark of 814.
While it was all cheers for Spurs fans, it was all sulking for Lakers fans. Los Angeles shot a horrendous 37.3% from the field and an even worse 2-of-12 from three-point range.
To make matters even worse, their superstar guard, Kobe Bryant, had one of his worst games in recent memory, scoring a measly nine points on a pitiful 1-of-14 shooting performance, the lowest percentage he’s ever shot while taking more than 10 attempts.
If there are any positives to take away for the Lakers from this game, it would be Carlos Boozer’s somewhat inspiring play. Boozer, who was amnestied by the Chicago Bulls following last season, scored 19 points while collecting eight rebounds.
Jeremy Lin was also solid for the losing side, throwing in 15 points.
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The Spurs improved to 5-3 with the win and 3-0 on this four game road trip through the NBA’s Pacific Division. The Lakers, with the loss, dropped to 1-8 on the season.
Up next for San Antonio is the final road game of this four game road trip. The game is at 9 p.m. CT in Sacramento against a reeling Kings team that has lost three straight.
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