Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

3 takeaways from huge win against San Antonio Spurs

3 takeaways from huge win against San Antonio Spurs

Ingram has seen a notable uptick in his scoring taken a significant uptick in his second campaign averaging 16.4 points with also 5.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per contest. They understand what wins and loses, what they have to do to get an advantage and really understand the game, which he does. Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 26 points, while Lamarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 20 points.

With Ball leading the charge, the Lakers were at their most effective when pushing the ball up the court, and they picked up where they left off after tying a franchise record with 42 fast-break points against Atlanta on Sunday. He finished with five points.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich suggested Thursday journalists should consider the source before printing comments from outspoken National Basketball Association father LaVar Ball about the job the Lakers' Luke Walton is doing coaching the young, struggling team.

Veteran guard Tony Parker was out with an ankle injury, Rudy Gay did not play due to a sore right heel. He scores pretty easily.

Walton was not sated by the win, however. Spurs backcourt players went on a 7-0 run during the fourth quarter to close the margin to two points.

But the second unit let Sacramento right back into the game, and the Lakers were only up 31-27 at the end of the quarter.

In the case of Luke Walton, that argument tends to come from frustration stemming from the young core still not quite where we all want them to be. "But to say, 'Every night we want you to come out and take 21 shots, ' no, that's not what we're looking for, but there will definitely be nights when that happens". Spurs icon Manu Ginobili returned to the hardwood to enforce a five-point run, bringing San Antonio within six points. De'Aaron Fox had 15 points and Buddy Hield scored 13. If head coach Gregg Popovich remains confident in the Latvian forward's play, then look for him to receive heavy minutes in Los Angeles.

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"Just reading the defense, trying to be better off of instincts", Ingram said. "We give him the ball and get out of the way and we know that it is going to be a bucket. The guys are getting better, and we'll just keep plugging away".

On the morning of the game against the Hawks, Walton and his rookie point guard were forced to answer several questions about whether he still has the locker room and their relationship. Lopez then missed from long range on what he admitted was a heat-check shot, but Ball was under the basket for a putback.

After the Lakers' first victory since December 20, Walton was even able to crack a joke about LaVar Ball when asked about his strategy for taking his rookie point guard out midway through the first and second quarters to use him to start the next quarter with the second unit.

The growing pains were evident, with six assists and six turnovers against the length of Zach Randolph and Willie Cauley-Stein. What kind of message would that send to a young team?

For the first time this season, the Lakers concocted a three-game winning streak. Randle had his eighth double-double of the season.

Bertans received his opportunity on Monday night, when the Spurs faced the Kings.

Prior to Thursday's game, the San Antonio Spurs head coach said that Ball "is just another fan from the peanut gallery".

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