The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 108-105 Wednesday night, but at least they made it interesting.
Losers of four straight coming into this one, the Lakers certainly didn't figure to have much of a chance against the mighty Spurs, especially without the services of Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill.
But after a lackluster three quarters marked by woeful rebounding, missed defensive assignments and an epic chuck-fest by Kobe Bryant, the Lakers found themselves with a chance to steal the game down the stretch in San Antonio.
Earl Clark had a career night, and along with an inspired Metta World Peace, managed to keep L.A. in the game. Clark's last-second heave was off line, but the fact that the Lakers were close enough for that shot to matter is a testament to the performances of L.A.'s pair of forwards.
The loss was the Lakers' fifth in a row, and the fourth straight against the Spurs. Transition issues and a spectacular amount of ball watching on defense continued to be huge problems for L.A., but the short-handed Lakers deserve a bit of credit for battling back against a tough team on the road.
The Lakers fell to 15-20 with the loss, while the Spurs moved to 28-10 with the victory.