The Los Angeles Lakers were looking to actually compete against the San Antonio Spurs this time around, but despite a good showing early, they fizzled out late. The Spurs were able to coast to their 11th straight victory in a 125-109 melee of the Lakers.
The Spurs’ offense begins and ends with veteran point guard Tony Parker, and this was exactly the case on Wednesday night. His ability to get into the paint with a variety of contorting moves, hesitations and feather-soft floaters was a problem for the Lakers all night long. Parker’s 25 points were all scored inside of the arc, and even more impressive was his 11-of-16 shooting from the field. Now granted, the Lakers did give up almost half the Spurs’ scoring in the paint, but it was Parker’s penetration which opened up the floodgates.
All five of the Spurs’ starters ended the game in double-figure scoring and two reserves as well. The San Antonio offense looked like a well-oiled machine running on all cylinders. Sharpshooting Danny Green has continued to shoot the ball well from deep for Gregg Popovich. He was 3-of-5 for the night on three-point field goals. The team shot 44.4 percent from the beyond the arc to boot.
Frontcourt duo of Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan both added their own double-doubles respectively. Leonard tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds while Duncan grabbed 16 boards and dropped in 12 points.
The Spurs have a two-game cushion in first place and show no signs of slowing up. San Antonio has not lost since February, and since the recent streak of the Los Angeles Clippers has ended, the Spurs officially stand alone on an island. The scary part of this situation is that they are still recovering from aches and pains from earlier in the season and may not even be playing their best basketball yet.