D'Angelo Russell scored a career-high 24 points, but the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the San Antonio Spurs 109-87. The Lakers fall to 3-20 on the season with the loss. They kept things close in the first quarter, with Kobe Bryant starting off hot and Russell doing a little bit of everything on offense, but couldn't keep up through the second half.
Russell put up a game-high 23 shots, making just nine of them, but shot 5-of-10 from behind the arc. The rookie added six rebounds and six assists in his second career-high scoring effort in a row. Bryant opened the game 4-of-5, but ended the night 5-of-12 from the floor. Kobe finished with 12 points, four assists and six rebounds.
Julius Randle only played 20 minutes in his new role off the bench. The second-year power forward was quiet with four points and seven rebounds, struggling to deal with the Spurs' size inside. Lou Williams scored 19 points, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year shooting 7-of-12 from the floor. Jordan Clarkson sat out, nursing the ankle injury he suffered against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Lakers shot 39 percent from the floor as a team. The Spurs shot 53 percent and had 25 assists on 43 made shots as LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard carried them. Aldridge had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Leonard had a double-double of his own with 16 points and 11 boards. Patty Mills filled in the bench scoring for San Antonio, making nine of his 11 attempts for 22 points.
The Lakers don't get to rest after another rough loss, though, traveling to face the Houston Rockets Saturday night.