Leonard inspires Spurs to thumping win over Lakers
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[January 13, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - Kawhi
Leonard poured in 31 points in just three quarters of play, and four
of San Antonio's starters scored in double figures as the Spurs
demolished the Los Angeles Lakers 134-94 at the AT&T Center on
San Antonio's total was a season-high, as were the 72 points scored
by the Spurs in the first half and the 40-point margin of victory.
Pau Gasol added 22 points for San Antonio, while LaMarcus Aldridge
and Tony Parker added 13 each, all in just three quarters of the
The Spurs also got 12 points from Jonathon Simmons, 10 from Dejounte
Murray and a game-high 12 rebounds from Dewayne Dedmon.
All 13 players who took the floor for San Antonio scored, and the
Spurs (31-8) outshot Los Angeles 60.5 percent to 41.2 percent.
The Lakers (15-28) were led by Julius Randle's 22 points, but the
rest of their starters managed just 20 total points.
Reserves Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams added 14 and 10 points
respectively as the Lakers lost to San Antonio for the ninth
The Spurs hit 14 of their 24 field-goal attempts in the first
quarter on the way to a 36-24 lead after 12 minutes.
Leonard was 5-of-5 from the floor in the period (including all thee
from three-point territory) and led all scorers with 14 points while
staking San Antonio to a 36-19 lead before he went to the bench.
The Lakers took advantage to finish the period on a 5-0 run to cut
the San Antonio advantage to 36-24 at quarter's end.
A 7-0 run by Los Angeles capped by a steal and a dunk by Randle cut
the Spurs' lead to 45-41 at the 7:04 mark of the second quarter.
However, there was no panic from San Antonio, which promptly pushed
its advantage back to eight points on layups by Parker and Leonard.
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Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball against the
Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory
Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
The Spurs outscored Los Angeles 23-13 over the rest of the quarter,
including three free throws by Leonard after he was fouled by
D'Angelo Russell attempting a shot from beyond half court with 0.3
The result was a 72-54 San Antonio lead at intermission.
San Antonio poured it on in the third quarter, pushing its lead to
106-75 on a Simmons running one-hander to beat the buzzer to end the
The Spurs were relentless inside -- Gasol had six points in the
quarter, including a thumping dunk -- and out, as even Aldridge
poured in a three-pointer.
The Spurs outshot Los Angeles 65 percent to 35 percent in the
quarter, with 18 of their 34 points in the period coming in the
paint. With the game all but decided, both teams played mostly
reserves in the fourth.
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