Gameday: Lakers 85 Spurs 91

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Lakers Leaders

20 PTS
Pau Gasol
11 REB
Pau Gasol
Steve Blake
Nick Young | Pau Gasol | Wesley Johnson

Game Starters

N. Young SF K. Leonard
S. Williams PF T. Splitter
P. Gasol C B. Diaw
S. Blake SG D. Green
S. Nash PG T. Parker

Injury Report


K. Bryant: Achilles Out


T. Duncan: Chest out

Parker, Spurs hold off Lakers 91-85

By Greg Beacham

Posted Oct. 31 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tony Parker had 24 points and six assists, Kawhi Leonard added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs survived without Tim Duncan for a 91-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

Parker hit the tiebreaking jumper with 2:13 to play, and Manu Ginobili capped his 20-point performance off the bench with a key defensive play and a dunk in the final seconds of the Spurs' road opener.

Duncan sat out after bruising his chest in Wednesday's season-opening victory over Memphis. Boris Diaw hit a key 3-pointer with 1:40 to play and scored 14 points while starting in his place.

Pau Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who finished their season-opening string of three games in four days with two losses after their season-opening win over the Clippers.

After San Antonio erased an early 15-point deficit, the teams traded 14 lead changes in a tense fourth quarter. Parker put the Spurs ahead to stay, and Tiago Splitter made an impressive tip-in with 1:10 left to cap a 9-1 Spurs run.

Kobe Bryant sat out for the Lakers, and is still weeks away from a return after tearing his Achilles tendon in April. In their absence, the Lakers and Spurs played the first game between the perennial Western Conference powers without either Duncan or Bryant on the court since November 1996, when Bryant was a rookie and Duncan was at Wake Forest.

Jodie Meeks scored 14 points and Wes Johnson added 12 for the Lakers. Steve Nash had five points on 1-for-8 shooting and five assists in his return after sitting out Wednesday's game at Golden State in a bid to rest the 39-year-old point guard during back-to-backs.
Los Angeles trimmed the Spurs' lead to 87-83 in the final minute, and Diaw missed two free throws. But Ginobili stripped the ball from Meeks on the way to the basket and then dunked on the other end with 11 seconds left to seal it.

The Spurs started slowly without Duncan, missing 10 of their first 12 shots and falling behind 33-18 early in the second quarter. Parker got San Antonio rolling with a 15-2 run, erasing most of that lead in 3 1/2 minutes.

Ginobili's 3-pointer put the Spurs ahead with the first basket of the second half, but the Lakers kept it close before the back-and-forth final quarter, which featured 10 lead changes in the first 6 minutes alone.

Before the game, Bryant said he's progressing well in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon in April, running on flat ground and doing more work on a weight-bearing treadmill. Bryant will need at least two more weeks of conditioning before considering a return to practice, he said.

Xavier Henry had three points on 0-for-6 shooting in his first home game since his 22-point performance while leading the Lakers' upset win over the Clippers in Tuesday's season opener. Henry also got a 2-inch cut on his forehead in the second quarter when Johnson accidentally kicked him as he tumbled to the court.

With a bandage wrapped all the way around his head, Henry hit two free throws with a smile before heading to the locker room for nine stitches. He returned for the second half.

NOTES: The Spurs aren't sure when Duncan will be back. San Antonio has two more games on its trip, including Saturday night in Portland. ... Henry had a concussion test while in the locker room, but showed no symptoms and was allowed to return to the game. ... Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Andy Garcia, Jamaal Wilkes and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer attended the game.

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Game Quotes

Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni:

(On Lakers losing momentum in the 3rd quarter)

“They (San Antonio) executed. They’re always going to execute. They made two or three really hard shots, especially the one Tony Parker made after the jump ball. That hurt. We just didn’t seem to get into any kind of flow. We didn’t make shots, our defense was ok, there was some loose balls. We had it going for a bit, and when X (Xavier Henry) got hurt, the air kind of went out of us, and that can’t happen. When we do that, our margin of error is not that big, and we can’t have moments where we’re up 13 and two seconds later it’s a tie game. I thought we lost the game there, and they were the better team when it came down to the end.”

(On how much time he’s giving himself to find a rotation)

“Yesterday. I have to get it done, in the sense of how we can’t fall too far back. We have to get a set group, and go with it. We’ll get there as quick as we can.”

(On Pau Gasol’s play)

“Pau did his job. We can do a better job of getting him the ball inside a little bit more, but they’re giving him that little 15-footer and he’s knocking it down.”

(On losing at home)

“We let this one get away from us. I thought this was one we could have got, especially without (Tim) Duncan. It was set up for us, we didn’t do it. You need to start defending your turf, then learn how to win on the road. We should have enough guys. We have enough experience out there going on the road, so we just have to get together a little bit more as a team. It’s a marathon. There’s 79 more games left, so there will be no quit in them (Lakers), they’re going to go, and we’ll get back on track starting Sunday.”

Lakers Guard Jordan Farmar

(On what happened to the Lakers down the stretch in tonight’s game)

“They [Spurs] did a really good job. They’re a really good team. We’re still trying to find our identity and figure it out. They executed and made plays and made shots and we didn’t.”

(On the Lakers shooting tonight)

“At times we got some good looks. Making and missing shots is going to happen throughout the course of the game and the season, but you have to give them credit as well. They do a good job and stick to their principles. We just got to make it happen.”

(On the difference between the Lakers tonight, versus the Lakers and the way they played Tuesday in their win over the Clippers)

“We had a little more energy [Tuesday]. Our second unit was a little more into it, more enthusiastic. We have to continue to do that. If we’re going to get eight minutes, 16 minutes, those have to be really quality minutes coming off the bench, so I’ll start with me and take that responsibility to make an impact right away and we’ll see how it goes Sunday.”

Lakers Guard Nick Young

(On tonight’s game and the team’s play in the fourth quarter)

“They just made big-time plays. That’s the Spurs. They’re always going to find their way to win and that’s what they did tonight.”

(On the team’s poor shooting tonight)

“It was just one of those nights. We’ve got to give credit to them. They played well and they just played Spurs ball.”

(On the difference between the Lakers tonight, versus the Lakers and the way they played Tuesday in their win over the Clippers)

“The energy [was the difference]. We came out with a lot more energy in the home opener, but we got to somehow find that again and get the ball rolling.”

(On what determined the game down the stretch)

“It was just plays: one play here, one play there. They got the right stops. They figured it out. The Spurs always run that same offense and they somehow just get the ball in the hole.”

Lakers Guard Jodie Meeks

(On what determined the game down the stretch)

“They executed [Spurs]. We had some good looks, but they didn’t go down. The guys [Lakers] are shooters. We’re not worried about [missing shots], we can just chalk this up as a game we should have won and move on.”

(On whether or not he was satisfied with the shots the Lakers got tonight)

“Yeah a lot of them [shots] were wide open, they just didn’t go in. A couple went in-and-out. We had a couple turnovers and some missed free throws, but yeah I’d do it all over again. We played pretty well and played hard, we just got to keep working and watching film and get everything in order.”

Lakers Guard Steve Nash

(On whether he can take anything away from this loss)

“I think it’s really frustrating, because it’s such a winnable game. We just have to play better and make some shots, so I don’t take too much from it. I think we’ve shown that we can compete, it’s just a matter of getting it done now.

(On what the team needs to do moving forward in the season)

“We’re going to have some [tough] games, it’s going to be a tough year. It’s a battle. We’re going to be in a lot of games, and we’re going to have to find different ways to win, and it was just one of those game where we let ourselves down.”

Lakers Forward Jordan Hill

(On how he feels about his reduced playing time)

“I guess Coach Mike [D’Antoni] just wants to see what other rotations are out there, and just seeing what he could find. I just waited my turn until he called my name. It’s the game, and you don’t know what’s going to happen. You just try to be ready every time.”

(On his rhythm during this game)

“I’m going to do what I do every time I’m on the floor, so that’s not going to change. I just want to be consistent with it, and have fun with it.”

Lakers Forward Pau Gasol

(On the decision to keep them in the game despite their stats)

“We should have been with a bigger lead down the stretch, we gave up the lead in the second quarter. I think that was a critical moment of the game where we could actually stepped it up a notch and kind of increased the lead and build on it. But we allowed them back in the game… Those kinds of things we can’t afford going forward as a team we just have to take advantage and be even more discipline when we have those types of leads.”

(On how guys were not making shots)

“It wasn’t our night making shots. If we hit a couple more it probably would have been a different story, different result but we didn’t. That’s just what’s going to happen sometimes but we stayed in the game and fought through it. We hustled really well throughout the game we just have to stay a little more consistent.”


Spurs vs. Lakers
Postgame: Pau Gasol
Postgame: Wesley Johnson
Postgame: Mike D'Antoni
Nash Finds Gasol
Meeks Slam



Post Game Notes

Pau Gasol led the Lakers in scoring with 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds, his team-leading second double-double of the season. Gasol also hit the 36th three-pointer of his career in the first quarter, the second consecutive home game where Gasol has hit a triple. Pau made a career-high eight three-pointers last season.

Wesley Johnson (12) and Jodie Meeks (14) each scored double-figures off the bench. The Laker bench had accounted for 60.9% of the team’s scoring through the first two games.

Tonight marked the first regular season meeting between the Lakers and Spurs since 11/22/1996 that neither Kobe Bryant (Achilles surgery) nor Tim Duncan (chest contusion) appeared. 1997-97 was Bryant’s rookie season, while Duncan was selected in the 1997 NBA draft.

Xavier Henry suffered a two-inch laceration on his forehead that required nine stitches at the 8:32 mark in the second quarter. Before heading to the locker room to receive the stitches, Henry was temporarily bandaged up and hit two free throws.

17 years ago tonight, November 1, 1996, Steve Nash made his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Lakers. Nash is currently the oldest active player in the league.

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