Age: 23 Height: 6-5 Weight: 215 lbs School: Villanova
Khris Middleton was a surprise DNP, Brandon Ingram got hurt, and Russell Westbrook, Paul George, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Karl-Anthony Towns all went off. Lakers 121, Spurs 113 – Brandon Ingram lasted just five minutes before leaving with a sprained left ankle and Josh Hart started the second half in his place, but Hart was dogged by foul trouble and only played 13 minutes.
LeBron James scored 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and Josh Hart hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes of the Los Angeles Lakers' fourth straight victory, 121-113 over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who lost Brandon Ingram to a sprained left ankle in the first quarter. Los Angeles still beat the Spurs for the first time in three tries this season, but only after James dramatically took control of another fourth quarter during his third 40-point game since joining the Lakers.
The Lakers have been knocked around, have done some of the knocking and, for the moment, are still alive and kicking in a conference filled with ridiculous parity. At 11-8, the Lakers still have a gear or two left with Josh Hart nursing an ankle injury, Brandon Ingram still finding his way with LeBron
This season in Los Angeles is in large part about finding which players in the Lakers’ young core can fit with LeBron James. Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma are finishers and fit naturally and quickly next to an all-time great playmaker. It’s been more of a process with Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, guys who had the ball in their hands last season and are having to adjust this season.