SAN ANTONIO – The Los Angeles Lakers know they don’t always want to feel or play like defending league champions.
The Lakers had 35 points and 11 rebounds as the Lakers rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 on Friday night, and LeBron James added 226 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Lakers ended the game with a 9-0 win for the second win against the Spurs in three days.
“We’ve continued our fight,” said Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel. “It simply came to our notice then. In the 722-game season, you get some wins that are worse than others. We knew this season was going to come, there were going to be some ugly nights with a quick turnaround. The key is to find a way to win when you are not the best. “
The Lakers found a way to win by attacking the Paints late against the Spurs’ youth corps.
San Antonio forward Caledon Johnson blocked James’ layout attempt, but Kyle Kuzma instructed the Lakers to lead 101-103 with 53.9 seconds left. James stopped scoring after a layout and Davis with two free throws.
“Their game plan has been tweeted,” Kuzma said. “They added some different elements for us. We had to adjust the stretched part.
Johnson had a career-high 26 points and added 10 rebounds in his fourth game of 20-point points in two seasons. Only Hall of Famer team Duncan Spurs made another 20-point effort through his first 25 career games, getting six in his rookie season.
San Antonio coach Greg Popovich said of Johnson, “He is a competitor. “He’s going to be a great young player and his great career. That’s all I can say. He was great. “
Johnson had 5 for 9 on 3 pointers, 6:30 left with a 26-footer that kept the touch 95-94.
In contrast to Wednesday’s 121-107 loss, the Spurs were able to keep pace with the Lakers early on.
“We played a basketball team hack, and we were a good basketball team tonight as well,” Popovich said. “So, I was happy with their game.”
The Lakers stepped up their pace to start the second half, leading to a 10-2 advantage in quick points and a 64-57 record with one minute left in the third quarter. Los Angeles quickly ended the game with a 12-9 advantage at break points.
Lakers guard Kentavius Caldwell-Pope came out in the second half after lightly scattering his left ankle when he strangely drove off. Calwell-Pope was blocked for about a minute before receiving help from the court. He had 11 points before leaving with 8:31 left in the third quarter.
DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for San Antonio, losing three straight after opening the season with two wins.
Spurs guard Derrick White had nine points in the 23rd minute of his season debut after undergoing toe surgery in the off-season.
Lakers: The Lakers entered the game with 42 percent shooting in 3-pointers, which is second in the league. On Friday they were 14 for 33. ? Wesley Matthews was undefeated, going 2 wickets for 2 points after 3 runs for the win in Wednesday’s win over Spurs? James fell to the court early in the fourth after taking an elbow from Drew Ubanks. James consistently sided with him for a few properties but later found out.
Spurs: Lamarcas Aldridge missed his second straight game with unannounced illness as well as left knee pain… White made his first attempt of the season, a 26-foot, 3-pointer with 53 seconds left in the first quarter.
The next one is coming
Lakers: Open two miniseries for the second straight game against Memphis on the street on Sunday, where they will play again on Tuesday.
Spurs: Complete the three-game homestand against Utah on Sunday.