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San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Postgame Grades and Analysis
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In what was a defensive struggle for most of the night, the San Antonio Spurs found enough timely offense to escape Staples Center with an 84-82 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 28 points in the loss, while Tony Parker led the Spurs with 19.

But it was an unlikely hero that allowed the Spurs to return to San Antonio with a 3-1 finish to their four-game road trip.

With just over nine seconds remaining, and the Spurs trailing 82-81, Kawhi Leonard found a curling Danny Green for a three-pointer from the right wing.

Lakers interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff was unable to design a play to get Kobe Bryant a touch out of the timeout. Metta World Peace inbounded to Pau Gasol in the left corner. Unable to find a passing lane to get the ball in Bryant's hands, Gasol forced an errant three-point attempt that clanged off the deep iron.

The Spurs improve their Western Conference leading record to 7-1, while the Lakers fall to 3-5.

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