It has been said that sharing is caring and that is exactly how the San Antonio Spurs demolished the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. The total team play by the Spurs made easy work of the storied franchise that lies in its own ruins.
The 34-point victory was not only the Spurs’ ninth straight in as many games, but it also marked the largest margin of victory this season. The Lakers were out matched and out gunned from start to finish as they trailed the whole game.
Danny Green led the Spurs in scoring as he finished with 15 points on the night. His confidence and shooting appear to coincide and they are both coming on strong for San Antonio. He was 5-of-8 from three-point range and added five rebounds. Green will be a need scorer for the Spurs in the playoffs just as he was in his breakout performances of last year’s NBA Finals.
In a game where the Spurs obviously had the upper hand and could pretty much score whenever they wanted, Gregg Popovich was able to take advantage of the situation by playing his reserves more than usual. Aron Baynes was one of the reserves that took his opportunity and ran with it, scoring 12 points in 18 minutes. It was his second highest output of the season.
While Pop took some mileage off of the legs of the starters, five reserves finished in double-figures and San Antonio tallied 36 assists in all. For the Spurs, this game was more about fine-tuning their game as a unit than actually playing the Lakers. And they did just that and more.