Rapid Reaction: Spurs 119, Lakers 85

March, 14, 2014
Mar 14
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By Matthew Tynan
Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com
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SAN ANTONIO -- One night after a 29-point drubbing at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Los Angeles Lakers ended their two-game trip in San Antonio with yet another blowout defeat, their worst ever against the Spurs.

If there is a silver lining, it's that the Lakers are a step closer to finishing one of the most brutal stretches of schedule in the NBA this season.

Danny Green hit five 3-pointers on his way to 15 points and Matt Bonner registered 13 points and 10 boards on the way to a 119-85 drubbing, a record-setting margin of victory by the Spurs against a Lakers team.

After beating the Thunder in Los Angeles on Sunday, the Lakers have now dropped the last two games by a mind-numbing combined margin of 63 points. A rematch against San Antonio looms on Wednesday in L.A.

This one was never close outside of the first few minutes. The Spurs led by 15 points after one quarter before eventually pushing their lead to 34 early in the third. The offensively streaky Lakers managed to shoot only 34.1 percent from the field for the game and, get this, had more field-goal attempts (91) than points (85).

With the win, the Spurs have taken a 76-75 lead in the overall series against the Lakers.

How it happened:The Spurs opened up a 29-14 lead after one quarter, and that turned out to be slim compared to what eventually transpired. San Antonio continued to get whatever it wanted offensively and close things down on the defensive end, eventually pushing their margin to 34 points early in the third quarter. The outcome was just never in doubt.

What it means: A trip to San Antonio is difficult enough without a back-to-back situation, let alone when it comes on the back side of a 29-point blowout in Oklahoma City. The results were not unexpected: The Lakers remained a Western Conference-worst 22-44, tied with the Utah Jazz.

Hits: Pau Gasol went for 18 points and 11 rebounds as he continues to play well for a reeling team.

Misses: The inconsistent Jodie Meeks did not fare well against the Spurs' defensive pressure, tallying seven points on 2-of-11 shooting.

Stat of the game: The Spurs grabbed a season-high 64 rebounds; the Lakers had only 37.

Up next: Hopefully the Lakers learned something from this one. They now have four days to prepare for the Spurs' arrival at the Staples Center.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Kobe Bryant
PTS AST STL MIN
24.6 5.0 1.4 35.4
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 8.3
AssistsK. Bryant 5.0
StealsK. Bryant 1.4
BlocksE. Davis 1.2