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The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Lakers and broke away from their 18-game losing streak.
San Antonio won 129-115 over the Lakers in the 2023-2024 NBA regular league home game held at the Frost Bank Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA on the 16th (Korean time).
A 224cm tall 'monster' in the rookie draft. San Antonio, which suffered 18 consecutive losses despite having Victor Wembanyama and shattered its pride as a famous team, smiled brightly for the first time in a month and 13 days, accumulating a number of wins. The 18th consecutive losing streak is San Antonio's all-time record for longest losing streak.
San Antonio still ranked last in the Western Conference (4 wins, 20 losses). The Lakers, who had an unsatisfactory record of 1 win and 1 loss in the two-game series against last place San Antonio, were placed in 8th place (15 wins, 11 losses).
Wembanyama did his part by posting 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Devin Vassell led the way in San Antonio's victory by scoring 36 points, the most of both teams. This is Vassell's highest score in a single game.
For the Lakers, it was disappointing that starting center Anthony Davis, who was responsible for 37 points in the previous game against San Antonio, was absent that day due to a hip injury. D'Angelo Russell and Cam Ledisi were also out with headaches and right knee pain, respectively.
With many starting players absent, 'King' LeBron James returned from a knee injury and contributed with 23 points, 14 assists, and 7 rebounds, but it was not enough to lead the team to victory.
In Phoenix, Arizona, the visiting New York Knicks defeated the Phoenix Suns 139-122. Jaylen Brunson led New York to victory with a personal high of 50 points and 9 assists.
All 9 of Brunson's 3-pointers passed the rim, and he is the only player in NBA history to throw more than 8 3-pointers in a game and score more than 50 points.
Saturday, December 16, 2023