RAUL DOMINGUEZ, The Associated Press
San Antonio (AP) – Anthony Davis had 35 points and 11 rebounds and LeBron James added 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 on Friday night.
The Lakers closed the game 9–0 for their second win against the Spurs in three days.
Kelden Johnson had a career high 26 points and added 10 rebounds and DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for San Antonio.
Johnson blocked James’ layoff attempt, but was followed by Kyle Kuzma with 53.9 seconds left to give the Lakers a 105-103 lead. James made a layoff and Davis closed out the scoring with two free throws.
Lakers guard Kentavius Caldwell-Pope exited in the second half after spraining his left ankle, when he awkwardly drove for a layup. Caldwell-Pope stayed down for about a minute before exiting the court. He had 11 points before exiting with 8:31 remaining in the third quarter.
Spurs guard Derrick White scored nine points in 23 minutes at the start of his season following toe surgery in the offers.
Johnson took 5 for 9 on 3-pointers, including a 26-footer with 6:30 remaining, which led the Spurs to 95-94.
In contrast to Wednesday’s 121-107 loss, the Spurs were able to keep pace with the Lakers.
The Lakers increased their pace to start the second half, resulting in a 10–2 advantage in rapid break points and a one-minute lead from 64–57 in the third quarter. Los Angeles closed the game with a 12-9 advantage at the break point.
Lakers: The Lakers entered 42 percent of shooting games on 3-pointers, which ranks second in the league. They were 14 for 33 on Friday. … Wesley Matthews was the scorer, going 6 for 3 after going 6 for 3 and scoring an 18-point win over Spurs on Wednesday. … James fell to the court after taking an elbow from Druub early in the fourth. James consistently held his side for a few things, but later appeared fine.
Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge missed his second straight game with an undisclosed illness as well as a left knee. … White gave up his first attempt of the season, a 26-foot, 3-pointer with 53 seconds left in the first quarter.
Lakers: Open a second straight two-game tower on the road Sunday against Memphis, where they play again on Tuesday.
Spurs: Complete three-game homestand against Utah on Sunday.
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