The Lakers are in the middle of a three-game winning streak, and L.A. appears to have missed a clear window to kick Walton to the curb - for now. In Los Angeles he declined to do interviews for years, saying this was Kobe's time. The Spurs are now second in the Western Conference; the loss gives them a 10-13 road record.
Avery Bradley scored 26 points and Andre Drummond had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit, which lost its sixth road game in seven tries. Jarrett Allen added 16 points and DeMarre Carroll had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who have yet to win in three overtime contests this season. Throughout the night, he was matched to defend Gasol, an integral member of the franchise's last two championships. He signed to a two-way contract October 18 and appeared in five games.
Anyone expecting to see a more aggressive version of Ball after his efficient showing against the Spurs-18 points on the strength of four three-pointers-was left disappointed. Golden State coach Steve Kerr, coach Stan Van Gundy and coach Gregg Popovich also expressed their support for Walton and their disdain for Ball being given a platform to speak his mind.
Leonard said he suffered the injury when he got hit with an elbow by one of the Phoenix Suns' big men in a game January 5 at the AT&T Center. The Lakers had scored 12 fast break points in the first quarter.
Lakers: They made an early 25-3 run on the way to a 37-18 lead. The reliable forward Brandon Ingram landed nine points.
"The guys don't talk about it", Lakers forward said of the drama and speculation surrounding Walton. Two-time National Basketball Association champion Gasol made clever passes which resulted in points. In 30 minutes, no. 30 scored 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed off six assists in a near triple-double performance. So, I'm excited with the way we're playing. The Spurs' shooting would go cold for the rest of the quarter and at the end of the opening period Los Angeles led by five.
The Lakers racked up 15 steals, including five by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and four by Ball. "But I know they support [me and the coaching staff]". "Just trying to be aggressive on every single play".
Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers (14-27), who blew an early 19-point lead before running away in the fourth quarter with a poise they've shown only fleetingly this season. Spurs backcourt players went on a 7-0 run during the fourth quarter to close the margin to two points.
The dunk was not only magnificent, but also helped the Lakers along to their third straight victory, beating the Spurs by a final score of 93-81.
"Whenever anyone says anything about another individual or the quality of another individual or what they are doing, the first thing to look at is the substance and gravitas of the source", Popovich said.