Ingram, Defense Fuel Lakers' Third Straight Win

Ingram, Defense Fuel Lakers' Third Straight Win

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich suggested Thursday journalists should consider the source before printing comments from outspoken National Basketball Association father LaVar Ball about the job the Lakers' Luke Walton is doing coaching the young, struggling team. "We made too many mental mistakes, made some really bad turnovers that are just head-scratchers".

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was unsurprisingly frustrated with his team's "pathetic performance", though he also dealt credit to the Lakers' aggression.

Nance finished the night with 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 30 active minutes. He shot an efficient 3-of-5 from the field including knocking down both of his 3-pointers in the period for the half. The longtime Spurs head coach showed support for Walton while also brushing off LaVar Ball as, "just another fan in the peanut gallery with an opinion, which is meaningless". Bryn Forbes added 18 points for San Antonio. "We didn't play smart, and we let them, at times, out-hustle us and play more physical than us". "Their desire was at a totally different level than ours was.They sustained that effort, that physicality for the entire game". Fueled by eight points from Ingram and seven from Randle, who had 13 points and five rebounds in the first half, Los Angeles took an 18-point lead, its largest of the night. Caldwell-Pope answered with one of his two 3-pointers, and the Lakers responded with a quick 9-2 run. Green missed his fifth consecutive game with a groin strain. The Spurs are now second in the Western Conference; the loss gives them a 10-13 road record.

"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. The coach talked the star big man out of his feelings after a few dinners and meetings.

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"Um, yeah, his dad was talking s- so I took him out early", Walton deadpanned. You get me a talent like Kevin Durant, and I'll drive you to the airport. And I will drive you there, get you on the plane and get you seated.' He laughed, (and) I said, 'But short of that, I'm your best buddy, because you're here for another year, and you ain't going nowhere.

Spurs: Return home to face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

LA Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. was called the "Most Valuable Player" of the game by his coach after Thursday's win over the San Antonio Spurs, and Nance spoke about the game and his highlight dunk in the Lakers' locker room.

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