‣ The San Antonio Spurs ended their franchise-worst 18-game losing streak by winning 129-115 over the Los Angeles Lakers. This was their first victory since Nov. 2 against the Phoenix Suns.
‣ Devin Vassell of the Spurs scored a career-high 36 points, contributing significantly to the team’s victory.
‣ Despite the win, the Spurs still hold 29th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship according to several NBA betting sites.
The San Antonio Spurs finally had a reason to celebrate on Friday night. They secured a 129-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, marking the end of their franchise-worst 18-game losing streak.
Their last win was on November 2nd against the Phoenix Suns. This triumph over the Lakers is only the Spurs’ fourth victory this season, making their record 4-20.
Interestingly, before Friday’s game, the Spurs had a poor record in games where they led by 10 points or more. They were 1-9 in such games, tying the record for the most losses in NBA history over the past 25 years.
The odds are stacked against the Spurs this season. According to several NBA betting sites, they rank 29th in the odds to win the championship. The Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies are considered to have better chances.
Devin Vassell, a player for the Spurs, had an exceptional game. He scored a career-high 36 points, shooting 63.2% from the floor, 50% beyond the arc, and a perfect 100% at the foul line.
Vassell described the win as anything but ordinary. He said, “A hundred percent it didn’t feel like a normal win. You see people jumping around on the sideline and everything. … I’m trying to stay composed. But at the end of the day, it’s special. This is a special group.”
The Spurs led by as many as 25 points against the Lakers. This is noteworthy as they’ve struggled to maintain leads this season.
Victor Wembanyama, another Spurs player, found the win particularly exhilarating. He finished the game with 13 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks in 31 minutes of action. He said, “Kind of felt like a playoff game to me. But of course, we have to feel good about it. We love that feeling. We want to repeat it, so yeah, we’re going to keep working our ass off.”
The Spurs had a similar lead in their game against Phoenix on November 2nd. They blew a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Wembanyama managed to carry the team to victory. Unlike other games this season, the Spurs maintained their lead against the Lakers.
Zach Collins, the Spurs’ center, wasn’t surprised by the win. He said, “We know we’ve been trending in the right direction, so nobody’s shocked as far as the players go. We just knew we had to catch a couple breaks, make some more shots. We knew our defense was getting better, so we feel good about it.”
The Spurs outperformed the Lakers in the opening quarter, scoring 42 points to the Lakers’ 22. They led by as many as 25 points overall and shot 49.5% from the field, 42.9% outside the arc, and 89.5% at the foul line.
San Antonio’s coach, Gregg Popovich, was pleased with the team’s performance. He said, “Tonight, we made shots, but overall, I think the defense was pretty good. It’s been pretty good and improved significantly, but offensively we still have a ways to go. But I thought that they competed well. It’s tough to go up 20 against a team that’s run by LeBron on that court since he knows how to manipulate everything and do what has to be done to win a game.”
The Spurs’ next game is against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET. They’ll be hoping to continue their winning streak.