The Los Angeles Lakers never put up much of a fight in a 108-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. D'Angelo Russell had a strong stretch of play late in the fourth quarter, but in the heat of garbage time, it wasn't enough to redeem a game they were otherwise clearly outclassed in.
Kobe Bryant had a quiet night a decade after scoring 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. He scored five points on two-of-nine shooting, playing under 30 minutes in a one-sided contest. Russell scored a team-high 18 points on a very efficient 8-of-10 shooting performance, but much of that came once the game was already decided. Julius Randle notched another double-double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Spurs looked like they were bullying an opponent they were lightyears ahead of. Their ball movement as a team was impressive, and Patty Mills had a string of sequences that he was seemingly toying with the defense. Manu Ginobili was locked in, scoring 20 points while making nine of his 10 attempts.
The Lakers are back at it again Saturday, travelling to play the Trail Blazers in Portland in the second half of a back-to-back. They'll be taking a five-game losing streak on the road with them, which doesn't bode well with an absolute thrashing to stew on.