LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — The San Antonio Spurs are one of the most dangerous team to have lingering around in the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers found that out the hard way on Tuesday night.
After making a 2-0 start under interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, the Lakers were handed their defeat since the sacking of Mike Brown last Friday, as Danny Green hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining in the 84-82 result at Staples Center.
Tony Parker finished with 19 points, seven assists and four rebounds, while Tim Duncan added 18 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks in the win for the Spurs (7-1).
Green was also in double digit scoring as he ended with 11 points and five rebounds for San Antonio, who improved to 3-1 on the road.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting, to go along with his eight assists in the defeat.
Dwight Howard added 15 rebounds and 13 points and Metta World Peace contributed 12 points for the Lakers, who are now 3-5.
Pau Gasol, who missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds finished with 10 points and 10 boards.
Gasol said he felt good about the missed shot, and his Lakers teammates backed him.
Howard said: “Pau can hit those shots. I think we lost today with those six points they got off those offensive rebounds.”