The Los Angeles Lakers had their lunch money taken from them in an early 119-98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Sunday afternoon. The matinee experience was that of a horror film, with the Lakers playing victim of the slasher film.
That would make Kawhi Leonard the antagonist, butchering the Lakers from the opening tip-off. Leonard scored 16 points in the first quarter alone, dominating the purple and gold. It didn’t matter if the ridiculously long arms of Brandon Ingram were up to challenge his shot, he made six of his first eight attempts and established the Spurs’ lead.
Leonard scored a game-high 25 points in 25 minutes of play.
Ingram didn’t have a slouch of a game despite Leonard being unstoppable, though. He reached a new career-high in scoring with 22 points, having an efficient night from the field. Brandon went 10-of-15 doing some nice work getting into the paint and finishing.
Tyler Ennis made his debut, and for those interested in where he might fit in the rotation, he played alongside D’Angelo Russell in the fourth quarter. Corey Brewer also saw the floor more than he did in his first outing since being acquired by the Lakers.
The Spurs were light years ahead of the Lakers in execution, assisting on 37 of their 48 made field goals. The Lakers, by contrast, only had 16 assists and turned the ball over 18 times.
We may have known this was over no just by the fact that Kawhi wouldn’t miss in the first quarter, but Pau Gasol hit the Lakers with two knockout blows to seal the deal out of the gates. Pau drained two three-pointers in the first quarter, the truest of signs that the Lakers had absolutely no chance in this one.
The Lakers are off Monday before hosting the Charlotte Hornets Tuesday.