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Lakers romp against San Antonio behind Anthony Davis

LOS ANGELES — For the first 14 games of the season, every night felt like a dogfight for the Lakers. They always seemed to be battling uphill, even in the games they won.

A dominating 123-92 win over the San Antonio Spurs – losers of 10 of their last 11 games – isn’t going to surprise anyone. But it had to register as progress for the Lakers (5-10), who hadn’t dominated any of their NBA peers before Sunday night.

“It feels good to get a convincing win,” Anthony Davis said, in what might be one of the biggest understatements of the season.

Davis was nigh unguardable against a front court without solid big man Jakob Poeltl, cutting into the lane for baskets that might as well have been uncontested while racking up a 30-point, 18-rebound double-double (his fourth straight). Russell Westbrook and Lonnie Walker IV (a former Spur himself) outpaced their defenders, and as a team the Lakers racked up 29 assists to 15 turnovers.

Even the Lakers’ season-long struggles in the third quarter didn’t appear against the Spurs: They trounced their visitors 29-19 in the frame where they’ve nearly always dipped. Entering Sunday night, the Lakers’ biggest lead was 18 points, but they led the Spurs by as much as 34 – the second half was never in doubt.

The best part of the win? The Lakers get San Antonio twice more at the end of the week on Friday and Saturday, giving some credence that a difference-making winning streak might actually be around the corner for a team that started 2-10.

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