James out with a pain in his ankle, Los Angeles prevails in San Antonio with a great performance by Russ (33 points and more)
The Lakers demonstrate character and community of purpose. They win in San Antonio 125-121 after extra time dragged by Westbrook, who overflows in the absence of James, who was left out as a precaution due to a pain in his right ankle in the early evening of a back to back. The yellow-purple, down by 12 points at the end of the 3rd quarter, know how to make up for it thanks to the raids to the basket by Russ, with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists, and the superpowers of Davis, who scores 35 points and 17 rebounds. At the end of regulation Murray, who finishes in triple double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists, has the shot to win the game at the Spurs. It ends up on the iron when it runs out. The Texans have many good young players, but they lack the champion. Johnson and Walker grow up well, and Murray had an evening of grace. Especially in extra time, then, they rode a superlative Poeltl in attack, but if your main attacking terminal is Poeltl you win a few games at this level. Spurs 1-3 record, now, Lakers 2-2, with two successes in a row.
Vogel is looking for his 400th victory as NBA head coach, fielding starting Monk as replacement for LeBron. He also misses Ellington, Ariza and Horton-Tucker. The Lakers start strong, with Westbrook inspiring at a thousand per hour and Davis aiming for the iron. The Spurs bench, Vassell in evidence, gives the change of pace to the Texans who close the 1st quarter ahead 29-27. “Cheerful” defenses. Rondo accelerates by attacking the iron in the pick & roll, threatening as a passer by the dunks of Howard and Davis. However, the Spurs are ahead in the middle of the race, 62-61 thanks to Walker’s triple on the siren. The Lakers in attack are in flashes: brilliant, but without continuity. Westbrook with 12 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds makes the triple double tests: he will escape. Walker and Vassell’s 3-point baskets mark the Spurs extension at: 97-85 at the end of the 3rd quarter. But Westbrook and Davis report under the yellow-violet. A partial 12-0 is worth overtaking 102-101. Monk in the sprint scores a triple from California, the Spurs throw it away by missing too many free throws, while stacking offensive rebounds. Murray has the possession to win it: nothing to do. Additional.
Poeltl with 27 points, and scored in the face of Davis, who closes from the center, are worth double, establishes his new career high and brings San Antonio back on a par from -6. But Westbrook’s and Davis’ latest “push” in attack is the good one. The Spurs have no reruns this time. The Lakers win without LeBron, with Westbrook sparkling. Until now the criticisms had been about the results, now they will be about the coexistence between the two. But the Lakers are destined to make people talk. In the meantime, they enjoy a “belly” victory. Not from a collection of stickers assembled on a table, but from a real, compact team. Not a little, already in October.
San Antonio:Poeltl 27 (13/17, 1/5 tl), Murray / Walker 21. Rebounds: Poeltl 14. Assist: Murray 15.
The Angels:Davis 35 (15/27, 0/4, 5/6 tl), Westbrook 33, Monk 17. Rebounds: Davis 17. Assist: Westbrook 8.
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