LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (Ticker) --
The Los Angeles Lakers made a concerted
effort to hit the boards, but, when it mattered most, their
inability to control the glass resulted in a second straight
had 26 points and 16 rebounds and Manu Ginobili
18 and seven as the San Antonio Spurs posted a 105-96 triumph
over the Lakers.
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After getting outrebounded in its first two games since the
departure of center Shaquille O'Neal
, Los Angeles got a big
effort from Lamar Odom
and held a 46-41 edge on the boards. But
after drawing within 101-95 with 2:04 to go, the Lakers failed
to control the offensive glass.
Duncan missed two free throws with 1:49 left but Los Angeles
could not corral the second miss, allowing Duncan to run it
down. Brent Barry
, who had 13 points off the bench, missed a
3-pointer with 88 seconds to go and again San Antonio showed
more desire as Duncan hauled in another loose ball.
fouled Duncan with 68 seconds remaining and the
superstar forward made both of his attempts for a 103-95
Odom finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds but had six
turnovers. Kobe Bryant
led the Lakers with 28, including 12 in
the final quarter, but made just 8-of-22 shots from the field.