LeBron James-less Lakers nip Spurs in OT, Anthony Davis hurts knee

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SAN ANTONIO — Davis had 35 points and 17 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied without LeBron James to bushed the San Antonio Spurs 125-121 successful overtime Tuesday night.

Playing earlier a sold-out AT&T Center assemblage that loudly booed the Spurs astatine the free-throw enactment successful the last infinitesimal of regulation, the Lakers won their 2nd consecutive to scope .500.

“It was similar a location game,” said Malik Monk, who started successful James’ place. “I’ve ne'er seen thing similar it before. It’s crazy. It’s a brainsick feeling. It made america much comfy and fto everybody unbend similar we were astatine home.”

Dejounte Murray had 21 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds for his 5th vocation triple-double, and helium missed a jumper successful the closing seconds that would person won it for the Spurs. Jakob Poeltl added 27 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, and Lonnie Walker IV had a season-high 21 points.

James missed the Lakers’ archetypal roadworthy crippled of the play with a sore close ankle, an wounded that occurred successful Sunday’s triumph implicit Memphis. The Lakers decided to beryllium cautious with the early-season injury.

Anthony Davis, who scored 35 points, drives connected  Keldon Johnson during the Lakers' 125-121 OT triumph  implicit    the Spurs.Anthony Davis, who scored 35 points, drives connected Keldon Johnson during the Lakers’ 125-121 OT triumph implicit the Spurs.AP

“We recognize that with (James’ absence) comes the work of making guys astir america better,” Westbrook said. “And tonight, I thought A.D. did a large occupation of conscionable being assertive each night, miss and makes, finishing good astir the basket. He was large for america tonight.”

The seasoned duo helped the Lakers rally from a 12-point shortage entering the 4th quarter.

“We ne'er mislaid content erstwhile we were down that we were going to triumph the game,” manager Frank Vogel said. “Just persevered and got a immense roadworthy win.”

But present determination is simply a accidental the Lakers volition beryllium without Davis who bumped knees successful the closing infinitesimal of regularisation portion attempting to rebound a missed escaped throw. The Lakers volition spot however sore Davis’ close genu is earlier deciding whether helium volition play Thursday astatine Dallas, Vogel said.

Davis gave the Lakers different scare successful the opening 4th erstwhile helium remained connected the tribunal clutching his close enarthrosis aft a ferocious artifact of his attempted dunk by Poeltl. Davis’ limb recoiled and helium fell to the tribunal from the brunt of the block, starring James to emergence from his spot connected the seat successful concern.

Monk gave the Lakers a 114-112 pb connected a 3-pointer with 58.6 seconds remaining. Monk finished with 17 points and was 4-for-10 connected 3-pointers.

Westbrook, acquired successful an offseason trade, had 15 points successful the last 4th and overtime to eclipse his erstwhile precocious of 15 points with the Lakers.

“That’s wherefore we felt large astir this move,” Vogel said. “Last twelvemonth we mislaid LeBron and A.D. for a agelong stretch, and we didn’t person capable to prolong passim the regular play and triumph successful the playoffs. To get a feline similar Russ, if 1 of those guys is down, we person different feline that tin enactment up a monster nighttime similar we saw tonight. Paying aboriginal dividends successful acquiring Russell.”

Davis and Westbrook combined for 14 points arsenic the Lakers went connected a 17-4 tally to unfastened the 4th and reclaim a 102-101 lead.

“I’m not utilized to radical cheering for maine connected the road,” Westbrook said. “That is simply a antithetic acquisition for me.”

Walker made 3 consecutive 3-pointers that sparked an 18-3 tally to adjacent the 3rd 4th that gave the Spurs a 97-85 lead.

“I thought we played different truly bully game,” San Antonio manager Gregg Popovich said. “I americium truly arrogant of the guys. They went toed to toed with a talented, experienced group. If they proceed to play similar that, hopefully that worm volition turn, and these volition crook into wins. They merit it.”

The Spurs were 12 for 22 connected escaped throws, missing each 7 of their attempts successful the 4th quarter. Devin Vassell missed a brace with 5 minutes remaining and was booed heavily.