Lakers stop Spurs for 3rd win in row


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Such flippancy with the rock won't fly against San Antonio, a disciplined team that ranks around the middle of the pack in opponent turnover percentage but that doesn't make many mistakes itself.

Rick Carlisle, president of the NBA Coaches Association, said it's a "disgrace" that ESPN published LaVar Ball's comments critical of Lakers coach Luke Walton.

Los Angeles opened an 84-74 lead going into the fourth quarter, closing the third on a 22-10 run.

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"We're trying to play a certain way and have a certain standard", Walton said.

The rookie point guard had another game of providing some of everything, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

The Lakers (14-27) appear to be midway through their fifth consecutive non-playoff season, but their entertaining style occasionally produces great moments, such as the dunk thrown down by Nance on a less-than-ideal pass from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. "We got close a couple of times, but then we would turn it over some more due to [the Lakers'] defensive pressure". "I thought in that sense, we were pathetic".

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Los Angeles used a 25-3 spurt to turn a three-point deficit with 3:01 left in the first quarter into a 37-18 lead with 7:16 left in the half. They hold a.500 record for January as they sit at 3-3, but have managed to win three straight games.

On a positive note, Danny Green (tightness, left groin) has been upgraded to questionable after missing the last four games. The Spurs are now second in the Western Conference; the loss gives them a 10-13 road record.

I think everybody should take a page from Popovich, who clearly thinks nothing of what LaVar has to say, and brush it off and move on. The longtime Spurs head coach showed support for Walton while also brushing off LaVar Ball as, "just another fan in the peanut gallery with an opinion, which is meaningless". The coach talked the star big man out of his feelings after a few dinners and meetings. I love playing for him. Obviously when we traded for him, everything turned around for us here. I'll pack your bags.

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"But I have to look deeper into the numbers and amount of years that he did it. 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". He'll get a day off Friday before a Saturday game against the Dallas Mavericks.

So long as the Purple and Gold keep building on the strides they've made since Lonzo returned from his shoulder injury, they should have a shot against the banged-up Spurs.

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