San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Takeaways and Star Performer

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs (38-6) beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-95 on Friday night. LaMarcus Aldridge missed the contest due to rest. San Antonio has now won 13 straight games.

The San Antonio Spurs dominated the contest from the tip but they didn’t win by 25-30 points like many believed they would. Los Angeles did a nice job hanging around for most of the contest. San Antonio made 51 percent of their shots from the field and connected on 11-of-21 from 3-point range. Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 20 points in 19 minutes. Kawhi Leonard added 18 points. San Antonio is 14-6 on the road this season.

Key Takeaways

-Manu Ginobili sensational

It didn’t take much time for Ginobili to get going. In 19 minutes the 38-year-old finished with 20 points, four rebounds, four assists, five steals, and two blocks. Not only did he fill up the stat sheet he shot 9-of-10 from the floor. It was as good of a game as Ginobili has had all season.

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Danny Green solid

When Danny Green is on he is capable of hitting six or seven threes. Tonight he did what the Spurs needed from him. The sharpshooter wound up with 12 points, five rebounds, and four blocks. Green shot 4-of-8 from downtown.

-Contained Kobe Bryant

At 37-years-old and filled with injuries the past few seasons, Kobe Bryant isn’t the dominant force he once was. Despite this, he has shown he can take over in some games this season. On Friday night, the Spurs contained Bryant to five points on 2-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes. The All-Star guard did have six assists on the night.

Star Performer:

Do I even have to say his name? Ginobili was spectacular tonight and he didn’t need big minutes. His performance put the Spurs in control of the game.


David West had eight points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes.

Tim Duncan finished with four points and three assists in 21 minutes.

-Spurs had 56 bench points.

-Patty Mills had 15 points in 18 minutes.

-Spurs were outrebounded 45-35.

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