3 takeaways from Lakers wild win over the Spurs
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The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 122 - 119 Wednesday night in what proved to be a thrilling victory to advance to 15-10 on the year.
Off the heels of a devastating loss last night in Dallas, LA proved for the second time this year that they can get it done even with LeBron James out with a calf injury.
This was the first of three matchups for these teams this season and rookie first-overall pick Victor Wembanyama’s first game against the purple and gold. Let’s dive into some of the keys to victory from tonight’s game.
Cam Reddish and Defensive Aggression
The defensive prowess was evident tonight, with six out of the ten active Lakers recording a steal and three of the five starters having three or more.
This defensive outing was headlined by Cam Reddish, who notched three steals and one block. Reddish additionally held opposing guard Devin Vassell to only 13 points compared to his season average of 17.8, on a mere 5-15 shooting and 1-7 from three.
Reddish, now in his fifth year, is averaging the most steals of his career and has proven to be a true pest on the perimeter to accompany interior defensive stalwart Anthony Davis.
TAUREAN PRINCE TONIGHT— Lakers Lead (@LakersLead) December 14, 2023
🤴 32 minutes
🤴 17 points
🤴 5 rebounds
🤴 5 assists
🤴 2 steals
🤴 6/12 FG
🤴 4/10 3PT
DECEMBER TP IS DIFFRENT 🎯 pic.twitter.com/ZuxOOl5zjK
Taurean Prince and 3-Point Shooting
It’s not a secret that the Lakers have struggled beyond the arc this season, ranking in the bottom ten in the league in both 3P% and 3PM per game; however, following LeBron James remarkable shooting performances in the In-Season-Tournament, we’re seeing a different team.
LA shot 40% from three tonight, a solid way to follow up their 51.7% from the night before.
This three-point shooting clinic has resulted from free-agent acquisition Taurean Prince lighting it up in December. Prince went 4-10 from three en route to 16 points tonight. He has gone 9/16 from the three in the past two.
Six out of the ten active players scored in double digits and hit a three tonight, a testament to the depth and shooting ability.
ANTHONY DAVIS JUST DESTROYED WEMBY 😳🤯— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) December 14, 2023
WELCOME TO THE NBA. pic.twitter.com/nSfPbYZMg9
Anthony Davis holds off Spurs 4th quarter comeback
While the Lakers didn't have an unideal fourth quarter, almost allowing the 3-20 Spurs to come back down nearly 20 points, the team was dominant, never losing the lead in this game.
Anthony Davis put on an offensive showcase with his second consecutive 37-point night.
With pesky defense and improved three-point shooting, this Lakers team will look to defeat the Spurs again in San Antonio on Friday.