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                     === Green helps Spurs edge Lakers ===
 Los  Angeles,  CA  (Sports  Network)  - The  San  Antonio  Spurs  gave  Bernie
 Bickerstaff  his first  loss as the Lakers' interim head coach, as Danny Green
 drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds  remaining to win a tight  84-82
 decision over Los Angeles at Staples Center.
 Neither  team held  a lead bigger than  five points in the second half, and it
 almost seemed as if the team with the ball last would come away victorious.
 But  after Green drained  a 3-pointer with Kobe Bryant's hand in his face, the
 Lakers  failed to draw up an effective play during a timeout. Pau Gasol caught
 the  inbounds pass  in the right corner and  opted to fake a pass to a cutting
 Bryant.  Tim  Duncan played  off Gasol, who  launched an ill-advised 3-pointer
 that  caromed off the rim. Tiago Splitter grabbed the rebound initially, and a
 fight for the loose ball on the floor killed the remaining time.
 "Pau  had a  wide open shot at  the end. We'll take that any day," Bickerstaff
 Duncan  finished  with 18 points, nine  rebounds, and four blocks, Tony Parker
 added  19 points  and seven assists and  Green netted 11 points for the Spurs,
 who went 3-1 on their road trip.
 "Any road win is always sweet," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.
 Bryant shot an efficient 12-of-19 from the field for 28 points and added eight
 assists in the setback.
 Bickerstaff  had been  2-0 since the Lakers fired Mike Brown after five games,
 and  was seemingly keeping the seat warm for Phil Jackson to make a triumphant
 return to Los Angeles.
 But  the  Lakers surprisingly hired offensive  guru Mike D'Antoni in the early
 hours  Monday morning  in an effort to get the perennial title contenders back
 on track.
 D'Antoni,  recovering from  knee surgery,  is expected  to be  in Los  Angeles
 Wednesday,  but, according to  the Los Angeles Times, will not be on the bench
 until  Sunday against  the Rockets,  thus  missing Friday's  game against  his
 former team -- the Suns.
 He  missed  a classic battle  between Western Conference powers that fittingly
 came down to the final possession after featuring 15 lead changes and 11 ties.
 Gasol  gave the  Lakers their final lead  by hitting a pair of free throws and
 nailing a jumper from the right elbow for an 82-79 cushion with 1:03 to play.
 Gasol then blocked a driving Splitter, but Duncan scored off the inbounds pass
 to  pull San  Antonio within one. Good  ball movement gave Metta World Peace a
 wide  open look at  a 3-point try, which was slightly off the mark, and Dwight
 Howard fouled Splitter going after the rebound.
 The Spurs called timeout with 19.9 seconds remaining, and, rather than put the
 ball  in the hands of their stars, had Kawhi Leonard dribble at the top of the
 key  and  feed Green coming  off a  screen on the  right wing for the eventual
 "(Popovich) drew up a play for me, which surprised me," Green admitted. "I had
 to take advantage of it.
 Early on, the Lakers answered a 10-0 run by the Spurs with a 14-point spurt of
 their own. sparking their way to a 24-18 lead after 12 minutes.
 Jordan  Hill missed  a gimme  layup at  the first-quarter  buzzer, but  made a
 jumper late in the first half that gave LA a 43-38 advantage at the break.
 The Spurs netted seven of the final eight points of the third, and two buckets
 by Duncan on the inside resulted in the visitors taking a 60-59 edge.
                                   Game Notes
 The  Spurs had turned  the ball over 20 or more times the previous three games
 but only had eight giveaways ... The Lakers committed 17 turnovers, six coming
 from  Howard, who finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds ... Gasol also had a
 double-double  with 10 points  and 10 boards ... LA made 14 free throws to San
 Antonio's  seven ...  Lakers guard Darius Morris started for the first time in
 his  career due to the injuries to Steve Nash (leg) and Steve Blake (abdominal
 strain) and scored one points in 21 minutes ... The Spurs have the best record
 at  Staples Center  since 1999-2000 (excluding the Lakers and Clippers) with a
 .680 (34-16) winning percentage.
 11/14 01:41:18 ET