Five takeaways from Lakers' victory over San Antonio

Five takeaways from Lakers' victory over San Antonio
Lakers power forward Carlos Boozer battles Spurs guard Cory Joseph for the ball in overtime. (Darren Abate / Getty Images)

The Lakers lost a nine-point lead with 1:59 left in the fourth quarter but beat the defending champions in overtime. In San Antonio. Here are five takeaways from their 112-110 victory over the Spurs.

1) Nick Young gave himself a new nickname, reaffirmed that nobody in the world could guard him and yelled out special thank-yous to each teammate in the locker room. All during a five-minute postgame interview. It’s Young’s world and we’re all living in it. Oh, yeah, he scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead, 30-foot three-pointer with 7.4 seconds left in overtime.

2) Kobe Bryant acknowledged what his coach said: He was exhausted. He had 22 points on 22 shots and nine assists but with three bad turnovers late in regulation. How did he feel after it all? “Thirty-six,” he said.

3) Wesley Johnson continued his peek-a-boo act with consistency, stringing together 13 points and making all three of his three-point shots. He was back to Wild Wes instead of Willowy Wes. 

4) The Lakers' reserves outscored the starters, 61-51. Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer each had 14 points, nice complements to Young's production.

5) Bryant was initially on pace to pass Michael Jordan for third on the all-time scoring list. He had nine points in the first quarter but slowed from there. He needs nine more Sunday in Minnesota to top Jordan.