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Anthony Davis returns as the Lakers defeat the Spurs in the season series.

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The Lakers entered the second quarter losing 30-25 despite Hachimura and Davis each scoring their first points from the charity stripe and Davis finishing with two blocks.

With a 3-pointer and a layup in the second, Davis' offensive game began to pick up. However, the Spurs took advantage of some careless Lakers errors by scoring a pair of three-pointers to increase their lead to double digits for the first time.

However, following a timeout, the Lakers resumed play as Hachimura and James each made a mid-range jump shot. L.A. had a solid second-half finish and entered the locker room behind just 54-53.

The Lakers quickly regained the lead in the third after Thomas Bryant's free throws and a 3-pointer by Troy Brown Jr. Following several Beverley buckets, the Lakers briefly led by four points. However, San Antonio answered with a 10-0 run, forcing Ham to take a timeout.

At the end of the third quarter, when the Spurs foolishly fouled Davis for stepping in his landing area during a halfcourt effort at the buzzer, the Lakers gained some momentum. With three successful free throws, Davis reduced the Lakers' deficit to 82-81.

Early in the fourth, Hachmiura and James each sank 3-pointers to give the Lakers the lead back. The Lakers finally started to pull away after a Spurs timeout, and it was Dennis Schroder and Max Christie's chance to hit back-to-back 3-pointers. With a transition dunk that came next, Bryant gave Los Angeles its first double-digit lead.

With a few key baskets in the closing minutes, James and Westbrook effectively put the game out of reach and sealed the victory.

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