The Los Angeles Lakers are out of the playoff race, but they managed to play with some energy Wednesday night.
Unfortunately, heart wasn’t enough to beat the best team in the NBA.
The Lakers fell to the Spurs, 125-109, as all five starters for the Spurs finished the game in double figures. For San Antonio, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard combined for 47 points, as the team shot from 52.6 percent from the field.
The Spurs have now won 11 in a row and hold the longest winning streak in the NBA.
Lakers’ Robert Sacre had a career-high 11 rebounds, and Pau Gasol added 22 points and 10 rebounds. Xavier Henry had a team-high 24 points, which is the most he’s scored since Dec. 20, 2013.
Surprisingly, the Lakers managed to keep it close in the second and third quarters. Although L.A. limited turnovers they had no defense in the paint. The Spurs outscored the Lakers in the paint 54-48 and outrebounded them 52-46.
One of the most glaring stats was how many assists the Spurs dished out. San Antonio had 34 assists compared to only 19 for the Lakers.
The Lakers have given up 244 points to the Spurs in just two games. They will see the Spurs again as they close out the season in San Antonio.
Still with just a few games left in the season, the Lakers will have three games at home before going on a short road trip. On Tuesday, the New York Knicks come to town along with new team president Phil Jackson.
The last time the Lakers faced the Knicks, they lost, 110-103.