The San Antonio Spurs fell to the Los Angeles Lakers, 81-93, to end their 3-game West coast road trip.
After trailing as much as 19 points to the Lakers, the Spurs opened up the third quarter on a 15-3 run, but it was too little, too late for the Spurs. The Spurs coughed up the ball 21 times leading to 32 Lakers' points while the Lakers stole the ball 15 times to the Spurs' six.
In addition, the Spurs' offense sputtered only scoring 15 points in the first period and just 19 points in the final quarter.
Here is a sampling of the teams said after the game:
Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich
On the loss to the Lakers:
“That was a pathetic performance by our team. A lot of the reason for it was the way the Lakers played. They were very physical, much more physical than we were, [and] their desire was at a totally different level than ours was. They sustained that effort, that physicality for the entire game. I thought in that sense, we were pathetic, but as I said, a lot of it is a credit to the way that they played.”
On the Spurs’ play vs. Lakers:
“It’s pretty uncharacteristic. All that matters is tonight, and the next game we’ll go there.”
Spurs' Pau Gasol
On the loss to L.A.:
“We didn’t play well for the majority of the game. We didn’t play smart and we let them, at times, out-hustle us and play more physical than us. They got into us, they forced us to turn the ball over way too many times, they got  points out of our turnovers—so our execution, our discipline was not there. We didn’t play smart, we didn’t play well, and we lost a game that was important to us.”
Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge
On the loss to L.A.:
“They outplayed us, they were active, they were in the passing lanes, they got a bunch of steals, they got in transition, they played their game—and we never adjusted and took care of the ball.”
Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton
On Lakers' defensive effort vs. Spurs:
“Communication has continued to get better. I think the understanding of the different schemes we can switch to throughout a game, guys are starting to pick that up a little better."
Lakers' Brandon Ingram
On the Lakers' win over Spurs:
“We really locked in on the defensive end. We really took what we wanted to on the offensive end. Getting a lot of fast break to get to push it in transition. It gets us in a better rhythm.”