The Lakers slaughtered the Spurs 106-85 in one of the most unexpectedly lopsided victories of the entire year. The Lakers held the Spurs to only 32 points in the second half, outscoring them by 21 to break the halftime tie.
“What a half,” said Jackson. “We came out and played an exceptional second half.”
Jackson credited the Lakers’ lockdown defense in the second half, particularly with regards to slowing San Antonio’s guards down—most notable Tony Parker’s penetration.
Derek Fisher—who was the primary defender on Parker—had an impressive game on both ends of the floor, finishing with 14 points and doing a good job of attacking the Spurs guard on offense.
Although he is playing injured, Jackson said that Derek told him that he “feels like he can start extending himself a little more.”
The Lakers’ bench played on of their best games in recent memory, dominating the Spurs’ starters in the third quarter en route to 39 points. Ronny Turiaf and Jordan Farmar led the way for the reserves, scoring 10 and 11 points respectively.
“They really shot the door on the game,” said Jackson in response to the bench effort. Jackson said that the Lakers reserves played exceptional basketball in the second half of today’s game—something the group did frequently during the first half of the season.
Kobe Bryant finished with a team-high 20 points, garnering praise from Jackson after the game for his unselfish, controlled game.
With one game left in the season Tuesday against Sacramento, Jackson said that there is “still a responsibility on our part to finish this out the right way,” also noting that the team should be rested for the game since the starters sat out most of the fourth quarter today.