LA won in the return of Anthony Davis

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Well, it wasn’t exactly pretty, but the Los Angeles Lakers got a much-needed win over the San Antonio Spurs, 113-104.

Los Angeles shot just 44.4 percent overall and 30.3 percent from 3-point range while committing 19 turnovers. It also allowed the Spurs to grab 17 offensive rebounds, which led to 18 points in the second chance.

But some parts of the Lakers defense did well, holding San Antonio to 37.7 percent shooting, and they were able to take advantage by scoring 29 fast break points. After looking sluggish in the first three quarters, they outscored the Spurs by 10 in the final frame to secure victory.

This was Anthony Davis’ first game back in over a month after suffering a stress injury in his right leg. It was also the first time for Lakers forward Rui Hachimura, who they acquired in a trade with the Washington Wizards on Monday.

LeBron James: C/C+

Was James taking it a little easy tonight? One night after dropping 46 points and nine 3-pointers on the Los Angeles Clippers, it looked like he didn’t bring his A game.

He shot just 8-of-20 from the field and 1-of-6 from 3-point range while committing six turnovers. James finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists in 35 minutes.

Troy Brown Jr.: B/B+

Brown was hitting tonight, going 2-of-3 from downtown and 2-of-4 overall. In addition to scoring six points, he grabbed seven rebounds and had one assist and one steal in 21 minutes.

Thomas Bryant: B+

Bryant played “only” 21 minutes because of Davis’ return, but he did well off the bench, grabbing five rebounds, scoring eight points and adding one steal and one blocked shot. Suddenly the Lakers bench looks a lot better with Bryant anchoring things, compared to the way it was when Davis was out.

Patrick Beverley: A

After Tuesday’s terrible game against the Clippers, Beverley returned to the high level of play he has shown for several weeks. He shot 6-of-12 overall and 3-of-7 from 3-point land, giving him 18 points, as well as two rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot in 24 minutes.

Dennis Schroder: B-

Schroder had another poor offensive game, going just 3-of-12 and missing all but one of his six 3-point attempts. But he helped the Lakers’ cause in other ways by grabbing eight rebounds, dishing out five assists and coming up with four steals and two blocks.

One of those blocked shots was on Spurs center Jakob Poeltl, who is nearly a full foot taller than him.

Anthony Davis: A

Davis looked a little unsure when he first entered the game in the first quarter off the bench, and understandably so. But he worked his way into a rhythm, and once he did, he looked a lot like the biggest version of himself that everyone had seen for about a month before. to injure

Not only did he score 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting and grab 12 rebounds in 26 minutes, but he also blocked four shots. That doesn’t even tell the whole story, because he changed some additional pictures. The Lakers’ defense is a lot more effective with him on the court.

There was a scare late in the third quarter when Davis attempted a midcourt thrust to beat the horn, only to land awkwardly on the Spurs’ Zach Collins and twist his ankle. The Crypto.com Arena crowd roared in frustration when Davis grabbed his right ankle while on the ground.

But he was fine, and Collins was called a foul 1 for attacking his landing spot. Davis made all three free throws to help give LA some momentum going into the final frame.

Rui Hachimura: B+

In his first game as a Laker, Hachimura played 22 minutes off the bench and scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting while grabbing six rebounds. He ran the floor well and tried to get out on the fast break, which led to a foul and two free throws on one possession and a layup minutes later, as well as a 3-pointer on a pass from Schroder in the fourth.

In the half court, the Lakers went to him several times for some mid-range isolation, and he delivered. He also did a good job of contesting shots defensively, something he can help with thanks to his strong frame and 7-foot-2 wingspan.

Head coach Darvin Ham seemed to want Hachimura in the game when James was resting, especially in the second half. It was an encouraging sign that Hachimura spent time at both the 3 and 4, which speaks to his versatility.

Russell Westbrook: B/B+

Westbrook only had four assists and two rebounds, but was very effective offensively, going 7-of-15 from the field to score 14 points in 28 minutes. He scored three baskets in the paint off the dribble entering the final four minutes to help seal the victory.

Max Christie: B

It looks like the Lakers can count on Christie to bring in a lot of defensive effort and energy, as well as activity on the boards and reliable 3-point shooting. He had five points on 1-of-2 shooting (both shot attempts were 3-pointers), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

Wenyen Gabriel, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Damian Jones: Incomplete

Gabriel, Toscano-Anderson and Jones all came on near the end of the game in garbage time. All three went scoreless.

The story first appeared on LeBron Wire

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