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L.A. wins in Anthony Davis’ return

Well, it wasn’t exactly pretty, but the Los Angeles Lakers got a much-needed victory over the San Antonio Spurs, 113-104.

Los Angeles shot just 44.4 percent overall and 30.3 percent from 3-point range while committing 19 turnovers. It also allowed the Spurs to grab 17 offensive rebounds, which led to 18 second-chance points.

But some components of the Lakers’ defense did well, holding San Antonio to 37.7 percent shooting, and they did manage to capitalize by scoring 29 fast-break points. After looking sluggish through the first three quarters, they outscored the Spurs by 10 in the final frame to ensure victory.

It was Anthony Davis’ first game back in over a month from a stress injury in his right foot. This was also the Lakers debut of forward Rui Hachimura, whom they acquired in a trade with the Washington Wizards on Monday.

LeBron James: C/C+

Was James taking it a bit easy tonight? One night after dropping 46 points and nine 3-pointers on the Los Angeles Clippers, he looked like he didn’t bring his A game.

He shot just 8-of-20 from the field and 1-of-6 from 3-point range while committing six turnovers. James finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists in 35 minutes.

Troy Brown Jr.: B/B+

Brown was hitting tonight, as he went 2-of-3 from downtown and 2-of-4 overall. In addition to scoring six points, he grabbed seven rebounds and had one assist and one steal in 21 minutes.

Thomas Bryant: B+

Bryant played “just” 21 minutes because of Davis’ return, but he did fine off the bench, grabbing five rebounds, scoring eight points and adding one steal and one blocked shot. The Lakers’ bench suddenly looks much better with Bryant anchoring things, as opposed to the way it was when Davis was out.

Patrick Beverley: A

After a horrible game on Tuesday versus the Clippers, Beverley returned to the high level of play he has shown for the last several weeks. He shot 6-of-12 overall and 3-of-7 from 3-point land, giving him 18 points, plus two rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot in 24 minutes.

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Dennis Schroder: B-

Schroder had another poor offensive game, going just 3-of-12 and…

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Publish date : 2023-01-26 06:35:50

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