NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at LA Lakers
(Sunday, January 28th)
Final Score: San Antonio 96, LA Lakers 94 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Michael Finley scored 17 points, including a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in overtime, as the San Antonio Spurs edged the LA Lakers, 96-94.
The three capped a game in which the Spurs overcame a late 10-point deficit, and won despite a dreadful shooting performance.
Kobe Bryant scored 31 points and had seven assists for the Lakers, who have lost four of five. Lamar Odom scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Andrew Bynum added 14 points and 11 rebounds for LA. Vladimir Radmanovic scored 13 points and grabbed nine boards.
Tim Duncan scored 21 and pulled down 14 boards for the Spurs, who have won five of six. Manu Ginobli finished with 21 points and seven boards, and Tony Parker added 19 points for San Antonio.
Bryant hit several clutch shots in the extra session, including a fadeaway from just inside the three-point line with Bruce Bowen's hand in his face that put the Lakers ahead 94-93 with just seven seconds remaining.
The Spurs regrouped, though, and Duncan took the pass in the post, waited for the defense to collapse, and found the wide-open Finley, who buried the game- winner.
The Spurs trailed by 10 points late in the fourth quarter, but tied the game on an 11-1 stretch. Bryant and the Lakers had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Ginobli extended to block the LA star's jumper, and the buzzer sounded.
The Lakers were able to keep the Spurs at arm's length during the third quarter, and a Bryant jumper and two Maurice Evans free throws sent LA into the fourth quarter ahead 67-57.
Bryant started slow, but threw down an alley-oop from Odom in the last minute of the first quarter, and the Lakers trailed 19-16 after 12 minutes of play.
LA edged into the lead in the second quarter, but a Robert Horry three brought the Spurs to within 32-31 with 4:21 left in the half. LA closed the half on a 12-5 stretch, though, punctuated by a Radmanovic three, and a jumper from Bryant, and took a 44-36 lead into halftime.
The Spurs won despite shooting only 33.7 percent from the field...San Antonio outrebounded LA, 53-44...The Lakers only made 18-of-31 (58.1 percent) from the free throw line, while the Spurs made 22-of-24 (91.7 percent)...This was Bowen's 400th consecutive game, a Spurs record and the longest active streak in the NBA...The Lakers played without Luke Walton (sprained right ankle).
01/28 19:31:34 ET