Stats of the Game: Spurs vs. Lakers

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It was the kind of game expected between the two top teams in the league, down-the-wire finish, last second game winning basket.

Antonio McDyess was at the right place at the right time, tipping in Tim Duncan’s missed jump shot right before the buzzer as the San Antonio Spurs survived a late Los Angeles Lakers rally winning the game 89-88.

Here are some of the numbers that stood out in this Spurs’ exciting win.

81.8 – The Lakers shot fairly well from the foul line making 18-22 (81.8%) free throws. The Spurs on the other hand made 13-17 (76.5%) of their foul shots.

44 – Los Angeles won the battle of the boards, outrebounding San Antonio 44-38.

42 – The Lakers dominated the inside game, outscoring the Spurs 42-32. They also shot better from the field connecting on 34-80 (42.5%) field goal shots while the Spurs hit 35-85 (41.2%) of their shots from the floor.

24 - The Lakers shared the ball better, dishing 24 assists compared to the Spurs’ 20.

21 – Tony Parker had a game-high 21 points for the Spurs and added four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

19 – Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

18Richard Jefferson added 18 points for San Antonio, 12 coming in the first half.

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The Spurs held Kobe Bryant to just 16 points on 5-18 shooting from the field. Lamar Odom chipped in 16 points, six rebounds and three rebounds off the Lakers’ bench. The Spurs outscored the Lakers on fast break points 16-11.

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 – San Antonio’s perimeter defense was solid once again, holding the Lakers to just 2-14 (14.3%) from beyond the arc, while making 6-16 (37.5%) of their 3-point attempts.

10Both committed only 10 turnovers each for the entire game. Bryant had 10 assists and Andrew Bynum had 10 points and 10 boards for the Lakers. 

8Duncan had eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Likewise, Antonio McDyess had eight points and eight boards (six offensive) and made the winning tip-in basket. George Hill added eight points off the Spurs’ bench. 

Rookie Watch:
Neal had six points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of action, Tiago Splitter had two rebounds in four minutes, James Anderson did not play.

Game Notes: San Antonio’s largest lead was eight, the Lakers seven. There are nine lead changes in the game and was tied seven times. Matt Bonner missed his ninth straight game with a knee injury. Neal beat the buzzer in the first quarter with an acrobatic quick release from the baseline after grabbing a loose ball.

What’s Next? The Spurs will visit the Sacramento Kings at the ARCO Arena on a second night of back-to-backs.

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Stats of the Game: Spurs vs. Lakers

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Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili had bad shooting nights but it didn’t matter, with a great defensive team effort and Tony Parker scoring 23 points, the San Antonio Spurs beat the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers 97-82. 

Here are some numbers that stood out in this latest Spurs victory.

42 – The Lakers entered the game leading the league on points in the paint but the Spurs dominated on the inside and outscored the Lakers 42-28 on inside points.

35.4 – San Antonio held the Lakers to just 29-82 shooting from the field (35.4%) to set a new season-low for a Spurs opponent.

23Tony Parker had a game-high 23 points, including 14 in the first half that kept the Spurs in the game.

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Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 21 points but only shot 8-27 from the field as he missed 13 shots in a row after making four of his first five attempts.

17-15 – DeJuan Blair was suppose to struggle against long athletic bigs like Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom but that was not the case. Blair had season-highs 17 points and 15 rebounds while shooting 8-14 from the field in 32 minutes of action.

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The Spurs’ transition game worked in their favor, they outscored the Lakers 17-8 on fast break points.

15 – With Duncan and Ginobili struggling on offense, Richard Jefferson turned out a solid performance. He scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Spurs.

10-9-4 – George Hill led the Spurs bench with 10 points, added a season high nine boards and a career-high four block shots
. But more importantly, he never backed down and did a great job on containing Kobe on the offensive end.

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The Spurs took care of the ball they only had nine turnovers to the Lakers’ 16.

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How well did Parker, Jefferson and Hill played? All players did not commit a single turnover for the entire game.

Rookie Watch: Neal had nine points, two rebounds, one assists and one steal in 18 minutes of action. Tiago Splitter had two points, one rebound, one assists and a block shot in 7 minutes of playing time.

What’s Next? The Spurs will visit the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas on Thursday.

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