Whenever the Los Angeles Lakers appear to have things figured out, they turn in a clunker that leaves everyone scratching their heads.
That maddening inconsistency was on full display Friday night during a collapse against the San Antonio Spurs in which Los Angeles turned a double-digit lead into a 133-120 loss. After the Lakers went cold late and the Spurs outscored them 44-21 in the fourth to storm back, coach Luke Walton said his team "gave in a little bit."
Los Angeles led by as many as 15 in the first half and still led by 13 early in the fourth quarter, but shot 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) in a dismal final frame. LeBron James scored 35 points but shot under 50 percent at 13-of-28, including 1-of-6 in the fourth.
San Antonio, meanwhile, shot a sizzling 71.4 percent (15-of-21) in the decisive final frame. DeMar DeRozan scored 11 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth, while Davis Bertans scored all 13 of his points in the quarter on 4-of-7 shooting from deep.
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