San Antonio Spurs vs. LA Lakers: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Howard led the way with a ridiculously impressive 26 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
Steve Blake did his best Kobe impersonation, with 23 points on 50 percent shooting, with five rebounds and four assists.
The Spurs just couldn't overcome the Lakers hustle on defense and their opportunistic shooting on offense.
While both teams shot under 40 percent—Spurs (37.1 percent), Lakers (36.5 percent)—the real difference maker was the six-rebound advantage the Lakers had over the Spurs on the offensive glass.
No one besides Jodie Meeks, Steve Blake and Antawn Jamison hit a deep ball, but the ones those players hit all came at just the right time.
The Lakers held Tony Parker to just four points on 1-of-10 shooting. Tim Duncan did all he could with 23 points on 50 percent shooting, with 10 rebounds.
All in all, it was clear that the Lakers wanted to show the world that they can still win without Kobe. And they did just that.
Next up is a essentially a playoff game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night in L.A. With a win, the Lake Show will be playoff bound. With a loss, the Lakers' playoff future will depend on the Utah Jazz.
L.A. Lakers 91, San Antonio Spurs 88
Wow. Spurs can't get a shot to fall and the Lakers are going to win their 4th straight. Unreal.— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) April 15, 2013
Unless something insane happens, the Lakers have this one after a helter-skelter possession by the Spurs.
Odd, odd game for the Spurs. Great stuff by the Lakers.
Lakers 90, Spurs 86—3.6 remaining in the 4th quarter
Meeks ran the break, passed out, and MWP missed the dunk. Meeks curses fast breaks.— Laker Nation (@LakerNation) April 15, 2013
Metta World Peace picked an absolutely awful time to miss a dunk. But the Lakers got the rebound on the missed three-ball on the other. Oh, MWP.
Lakers 90, Spurs 86—40.6 remaining in the 4th quarter
Lake Show just got bailed out on that one. Blake was doubled on the wing, but the Spurs fouled Blake.
Lakers 90, Spurs 84—1:12 remaining in the 4th quarter
Spurs can't "Hack A Howard" under 2 minutes, but they can foul him when he touches the ball. I'm surprised the Spurs didn't foul earlier.
Howard knocks down both free throws.
Lakers 88, Spurs 81—1:37 remaining in the 4th quarter
Lakers had led by 11 with Howard's tip in, but Duncan just capped a 6-0 run with a tough hoop. Spurs within 5, 2:23 left.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 15, 2013
The Lakers just don't want to blow this one wide open. They are letting the Spurs back in it, and you guessed it ... the Spurs are resorting to "Hack A Howard"
Howard is 6-of-15 from the line tonight.
Lakers 84, Spurs 79—2:23 remaining in the 4th quarter
Lakers need to stop trying for steals on defense and just play solid defense. When they go for steals they get out of position and the Spurs get easy plays—just like that huge dunk by Duncan.
Lakers 84, Spurs 77—2:43 remaining in the 4th quarter
Jodie Meeks forgot he's Jodie Meeks and tried to dunk on Tim Duncan ... Didn't end well for Meeks. Nice aggression though.
Lakers 84, Spurs 73—3:59 remaining in the 4th quarter
Lakers putting Dwight back in up 82-73 with 5:03 left. Should they with possible Hack A Dwight?— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) April 15, 2013
Metta World Peace with a fast-break layup. It's insane that he had knee surgery just two weeks ago. Absolutely insane.
Lakers 82, Spurs 73—5:03 remaining in the 4th quarter
Jodie Meeks with another three ball, and the Lakers' faithful go berserk. Screaming "defense" for the Lake Show.
Lakers 80, Spurs 73—5:25 remaining in the 4th quarter
Lakers other than Blake couldn't buy a three-pointer for the first three quarters, but Jamison/Meeks have four in the 4th.— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) April 15, 2013
I know the Spurs were "hack-a-howard'ing" but doesn't Mike D'Antoni realize that they can't keep doing that until the Lakers are in the bonus? Not sure why he's not back in this one.
Lakers 75, Spurs 71—7:02 remaining in the 4th quarter
Pau Gasol is 2-of-15 from the field. That's 13.3 percent for the night. #Ugly.
Jamison keeping the Lakers in this with another three ball.
Lakers 72, Spurs 69—8:00 remaining in the 4th quarter
Pau finally shows some aggression, but he travels.— Laker Nation (@LakerNation) April 15, 2013
Antawn Jamison with back-to-back three pointers. HUGE SHOTS for the Lake Show.
Lakers 69, Spurs 66—9:10 remaining in the 4th quarter
Kawhi Leonard is the missing piece for the Spurs. Too quiet with only 4 FGAs. He does have 6 REB and 3 AST— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballSource) April 15, 2013
Lakers lineup right now—Darius Morris, Jodie Meeks, Antawn Jamison, Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol.
Yep, not the lineup Lakers fans had in mind when the season started.
Spurs 64, Lakers 63—10:25 remaining in the 4th quarter
SAS starting Hack-a-Howard at the 2:44 mark when they were down 2. After 5 intentional fouls/rough hoops to watch, game is tied.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) April 15, 2013
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