The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers have vastly different reasons to be glad the regular season is over. San Antonio can focus on possible redemption after losing a heartbreaking seven-game series to the Miami Heat in the NBA finals. Los Angeles can salve its wounds and begin regrouping after an abysmal season for the storied franchise. Jordan Hill had 18 points and 14 rebounds and the Lakers closed their worst season since they moved to Los Angeles with a 113-100 victory over the Spurs on Wednesday night.
Jordan Hill had 18 points and 14 rebounds and the Lakers closed their worst season since they moved to Los Angeles with a 113-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Nick Young scored 16 points and Kendall Marshall added 15 points to help Los Angeles close the season with a two-game winning streak. The Lakers (27-55) are expected to look dramatically different next season after finishing with their worst record since moving to Los Angeles. Coach Mike D'Antoni and veteran forward Pau Gasol are among those whose futures with the team are in question after the Lakers missed the postseason for just the third time since 1977.
Jordan Hill had 18 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and two blocks on 7-of-13 shooting as the Lakers beat the resting Spurs in Wednesday's finale.
The Scoop:The Lakers weren't very good at tanking over the last week, and got a very balanced attack in the win. Nick Young scored 16, Kendall Marshall had 15 points and 11 assists, Jodie Meeks scored 14, Ryan Kelly scored 12, Wes Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Robert Sacre and Jordan Farmar chipped in with 10 a piece. We think we speak for all Lakers fans when we say that it's finally over. Many of these guys came through for fantasy owners tonight, but the minutes were too evenly divided for any of them to really go nuts.
Nick Young gave the Lakers a reason to smile near the end of this gloomy season. Young scored a season-high 41 points and helped Los Angeles snap a seven-game losing streak with a 119-104 victory against the Utah Jazz on Monday night. ''He can get his shot off of anybody and when he gets on rolls, he uncanny in how he can score.'' Jodie Meeks had 23 points and Jordan Hill added 21 for Lakers, who had only eight healthy players. Enes Kanter had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Trey Burke chipped in 17 for the Jazz, who have lost 10 of 11 games.