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5 Things We Learned from Los Angeles Lakers Loss to San Antonio Spurs
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Some of the faces (and circumstances) between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs may be different, if not downright unusual, but the results were the same on Tuesday night.

Strong play by Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. A low-scoring, defensive affair. A narrow result.

This one went the Spurs way, 84-82, thanks to a Danny Green three-pointer with 9.3 seconds left in the game. The Lakers had the last shot, though that shot—a Pau Gasol corner three off the inbounds—was less than ideal for the home team.

It may have been just the eighth game of the season for each of these Western Conference foes, but there was something decidedly playoff-like about it.

And not simply because both sides looked sloppy as each tightened the defensive screws on the other.

The short-lived Bernie Bickerstaff era may be over in L.A., but if this game is any indication, the race for the West has only just begun.

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