The San Antonio Spurs played well for three quarters and then LeBron James imposed his will like he has done so many times in the past. That was all it took for the Silver and Black to start off this year’s Rodeo Trip 0-2.
James scored 19 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers earned a 129-102 win over the Spurs to sweep the season series.
“This was actually one of our poorer games, but we’ve beaten some really good teams,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said.
San Antonio had taken the LA Clippers to distance less than 24 hours prior, falling 108-105 to the Clippers on Monday night. DeMar DeRozan loves playing in LA and he proved that by pouring in 28 points on 57 percent shooting to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists.
Bryn Forbes added 13 points, going 4-of-8 from three-point range. Dejounte Murray chipped in 12 points but LaMarcus Aldridge struggled as he shot just 30 percent from the floor and finished with seven points.
The Spurs were outscored 42-28 in the fourth quarter, thanks to James going a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc to open the floodgates. Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma combined to score 36 points while JaVale McGee added 14 points and five rebounds.
Despite losing the first two games of their eight-game Rodeo Road Trip, San Antonio currently sits 10th in the Western Conference, just three games back of the eighth-place Memphis Grizzlies (25-25).
“We got to go out there and play with desperation,” DeRozan said. “We’re not laying down. We’re not going to quit. There’s still an opportunity.”
The Spurs are now 22-28 on the season and will return to the court on Thursday night when they travel to face the Portland Trail Blazers (23-28) at 9 p.m. from the Moda Center.