San Antonio Spurs vs L.A. Lakers: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
The second half is underway and the Los Angeles Lakers are ahead by a count of 43-38 over the San Antonio Spurs. Look for a down-to-the-wire finish in Los Angeles.
Keys to the Game
3. Patience Breeds Success
When the San Antonio Spurs go back and review the tape from this victory, it's unlikely that they'll be happy with very much they see. They allowed Kobe Bryant to dominate this game as his teammates struggled through three quarters.
Aside from Bryant, the Lakers shot just 34.5 percent from the floor. Even still, Gregg Popovich's crew couldn't slow down The Black Mamba.
Which is exactly why the NBA should be so afraid of the Spurs. Wait, what?
The Spurs fell down by significant margins and even looked as if they were out of the game from time-to-time. Even still, they battled back from every deficit and maintained an even-keel through four quarters.
When it was all said and done, they emerged victorious. A formula success that the great ones follow.
2. Kobe Trusts His Teammates... Too Much?
Putting a late-game defensive gamble aside, Kobe Bryant was absolutely phenomenal. He finished the game with 28 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal on 12-of-19 shooting.
Kobe also passed up on late-game scoring opportunities in favor of getting his teammates a better shot. Although that sounds reasonable, is that the approach the Lakers actually want him to take with the game on the line?
Considering Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace missed their final minute shots, one might be inclined to say no.
Had Bryant taken the shot, who knows what would have happened. He continues to shoot the ball at an exceptional rate, which suggests he was the player to go to with the game on the line.
That and the fact that Kobe is one of the greatest late-game scorers in NBA history.
1. Finding a Way to Win
Manu Ginobili remains one of the most talented players in the NBA. Through six games of the 2012-13 NBA season, however, Ginobili is averaging just 7.8 points per game on 34.9 percent shooting.
Tonight was no difference, as Ginobili was just 1-of-8 from the floor in 19 minutes of action. Even still, the San Antonio Spurs found a way to win.
Although we've already discussed the patience of this Spurs team, the most exceptional aspect of tonight's victory is their will to win. Despite the fact that they shot 38.9 percent from the floor, the Spurs hit the shots when they counted most.
Tim Duncan's late-game heroics, Tony Parker's all-around output and Danny Green's three-pointer with less than a minute remaining says it all. It also has the Spurs at 7-1.
Los Angeles Lakers box score via NBA.com.
San Antonio Spurs box score via NBA.com.
Pau Gasol misses a long jump shot, the Los Angeles Lakers fail to secure the rebound and this one is over. San Antonio fights their way to victory in this game and the Lakers are at a loss for words on the sideline.
That's intestinal fortitude, folks. San Antonio sends a message to the NBA.
Los Angeles Lakers 82, San Antonio Spurs 84 — End of the Game
Danny Green drains the three-pointer with 09.3 seconds remaining! What a cold-blooded shot by the Spurs' young shooting guard!
Los Angeles Lakers 82, San Antonio Spurs 84 — 09.3 seconds remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Here we go.
Metta World Peace misses a wide-open three-pointer that may have sealed the deal. San Antonio with the ball now and a chance at the final shot.
What a defensive battle.
Los Angeles Lakers 82, San Antonio Spurs 81 — 19.9 seconds remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Tim Duncan drives and lays it in off glass. How many times have we seen that?
Los Angeles Lakers 82, San Antonio Spurs 81 — 19.9 remaining remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Lakers with the defensive stop and it's Kobe time. And he hits Pau Gasol for an open jump shot!
28 points and nine assists from Kobe. 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists from Pau!
Los Angeles Lakers 82, San Antonio Spurs 79 — 45.6 seconds remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Gasol hits both free throws. One-point lead.
Los Angeles Lakers 80, San Antonio Spurs 79 — 1:20 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Pau Gasol drives the lane on Tim Duncan and draws the foul. How about that battle at the power forward position?
Los Angeles Lakers 78, San Antonio Spurs 78 — 1:36 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Tim Duncan with a two-point jump shot. Metta World Peace's previous three is reversed and turned into a two.
Los Angeles Lakers 78, San Antonio Spurs 79 — 1:47 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Antawn Jamison from three and he has finally found his scoring touch!
Los Angeles Lakers 79, San Antonio Spurs 77 — 1:47 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Tony Parker has been a one-man wrecking crew. Driving the lane and putting it in as only he can.
Metta World Peace returns with a ridiculous shot that somehow goes in..
Parker grabs his own offensive rebound and tips it in for two! Wow!
Los Angeles Lakers 75, San Antonio Spurs 77 — 2:15 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Kobe Bryant made three beautiful passes over the past two minutes. Jordan Hill finally converts one for a score and the Lakers are up two.
Not singing praises of Kobe, those were legitimately beautiful passes. See them to believe them.
Kawhi Leonard ties it.
Los Angeles Lakers 73, San Antonio Spurs 73 — 4:00 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Kobe Bryant with two free throws to tie this one up.
Tony Parker responds and he now has 15 points and five assists.
Kobe Bryant with a beautiful two-point jump shot and he is showing the world why he remains one of the best in the world. 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting for the night.
By the way he's playing tonight, a second MVP award is in store! Let the overreaction to a simple comment begin.
Los Angeles Lakers 71, San Antonio Spurs 71 — 6:39 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Kobe Bryant from beyond the arc to bring the Lakers within two. Kawhi Leonard with a long two to respond.
Dwight Howard finally drops in another two. 13 offensive rebounds for the Lake Show.
Los ANgeles Lakers 67, San Antonio Spurs 69 — 7:51 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Stephen Jackson with a deep, deep three-pointer over coverage. What a shot.
Los Angeles Lakers 62, San Antonio Spurs 67 — 9:04 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
The Lakers and Spurs are trading blows early in the fourth. Dwight Howard and Jordan Hill score for the Lakers, while Patty Mills and DeJuan Blair drop in two for San Antonio.
13 turnovers for L.A.
Los Angeles Lakers 62, San Antonio Spurs 64 — 10:19 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Tim Duncan poured in eight points during the third quarter and the San Antonio Spurs took full control over this game. Despite the Lakers' 7-0 run, the Spurs appeared comfortable with the pace of the third all the way through.
The Lakers' 12 total turnovers is a major reason why.
Kobe Bryant continues to perform at an incredible level, having tallied 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting. There just isn't enough support for the Lakers to put this game away.
Instead, San Antonio is out in front.
Los Angeles Lakers 59, San Antonio Spurs 60 — End of the Third Quarter
San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan: 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks
Tony Parker: 13 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds
Tiago Splitter: 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block
Danny Green: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Manu Ginobili: 3 points, 1 assist
Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant: 21 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds
Dwight Howard: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, 1 steal
Metta World Peace: 10 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block
Pau Gasol: 6 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block
Chris Duhon: 5 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds
A birthday present to himself as MWP takes it to the hole and drops in two over Tim Duncan.
7-0 run by the L.A. Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers 58, San Antonio Spurs 53 — 1:55 remaining in the Third Quarter
Metta World Peace turned 33 today. Everyone wish him a happy birthday.
Metta World Peace from three! Lakers back up one in this boxing match.
Los Angeles Lakers 54, San Antonio Spurs 53 — 2:59 remaining in the Third Quarter
The San Antonio Spurs haven't looked good doing it, but they've fought back to take the lead. This is what a veteran team can do, overcoming a poor shooting performance to come up with points when the Lakers hit droughts.
Considering the Lakers also have 11 turnovers to San Antonio's six, it's not hard to see how this happened.
Kobe with a jump shot to end the offensive ineptitude. 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
Los Angeles Lakers 51, San Antonio Spurs 52 — 3:49 remaining in the Third Quarter
Dwight Howard is now 2-for-4 from the free throw line. Say what you will about his percentages, but all the Lakers could ask of him is one point at a time.
With his defensive prowess and pick-and-roll finishing ability, how can you really get upset?
Los Angeles Lakers 49, San Antonio Spurs 45 — 6:13 remaining in the Third Quarter
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