Lakers 112, San Antonio Spurs 110 (overtime)
Nick Young saved the Lakers in overtime, hitting a long three-pointer deep in the shot clock to put the Lakers ahead by the final margin with 7.4 seconds left overtime.
The Lakers held on for one more stop when Manu Ginobili missed a three-pointer and the downtrodden club won their second game in a row and seventh of the season.
San Antonio looked like they'd have an easy night, scoring the first 10 points of the game. Instead, the Lakers tied the score by the end of the first quarter and took an 11-point lead into the fourth.
A Kobe Bryant three-pointer with two minutes left in the fourth, putting the Lakers up by nine, seemed to be clincher but the Spurs generated five turnovers, scoring nine in a row to force overtime.
The Lakers climbed ahead by three points in the extra session but Tim Duncan scored four straight to give the Spurs a 110-109 lead with a minute left.
After Bryant missed a layup, Jordan Hill stole the ball from Manu Ginobili to set up Young's game winner.
Young was the high scorer on the night with 29 points, making six of nine three-point attempts.
Bryant finished with 22 points, putting him eight points behind Michael Jordan (32,292) on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer and Hill each added 14 points. Bryant dished nine assists while Lin handed out eight. Boozer collected 13 rebounds and had two blocked shots (after tallying just one block through the Lakers' first 22 games). Hill had 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The Lakers shot 45.8% from the field and 50% (12 of 24) from three-point range.
The Spurs were led by Tim Duncan and Danny Green with 19 points each. Duncan also collected a game-high 18 rebounds. Ginobili scored 18 while Corey Joseph added 16.
San Antonio shot 46.7% from the field and 38.7% (12 of 31) from behind the arc. The Spurs had 19 turnovers while forcing the Lakers in 15.
The Lakers (8-16) will travel to Minnesota to play the Timberwolves (5-16) on Sunday. The Spurs (16-7) also play on Sunday, in Denver against the Nuggets (10-12).
Lakers 101, San Antonio Spurs 101 (end of fourth quarter)
The Spurs scored the first 10 points of the game, and the last nine of the fourthq quarter to tie the score and force overtime.
Kobe Bryant's long three-pointer with 1:59 left looked like the clincher, but the Lakers went on a prolonged drought -- turning the ball over under the Spurs' pressure defense.
Manu Ginobili missed a free throw with 6.8 seconds left that would have given San Antonio the lead. Bryant missed a fadeaway with 2.9 seconds left before Tim Duncan failed to convert a turnaround jumper as time expired.
Bryant scored 22 points, eight shy of tying Michael Jordan on the all-time list.
Lakers 86, Spurs 75 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers were able to add to their lead in the third quarter to enter the fourth quarter by 11 points.
Kobe Bryant has scored 19 in the game, 11 shy of tying Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time list.
Nick Young was the Lakers' leading scorer with 22 points on just eight shot attempts. Jeremy Lin has 14 points and seven assists. Wesley Johnson converted five of seven shots for 13 points.
Both teams have shot 49.2% from the field. The Lakers made 52.6% (10 of 19) from three-point range compared to the Spurs' 42.1% (8 of 19).
The Spurs have been led by Danny Green, who has 14 points and has made four of six three-point attempts. Tim Duncan added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
San Antonio has 14 turnovers compared to the Lakers' seven.
Lakers 54, Spurs 50 (halftime)
The Lakers lit up San Antonio from behind the three-point arc, making nine of 14 attempts (64.3%).
Nick Young hit his first five three-pointers, scoring 15 points in 11 minutes. Jeremy Lin added 12 points off the bench, converting both of his long-range attempts. Wesley Johnson also converted two threes.
Kobe Bryant continued to close in on Michael Jordan's spot at No. 3 on the all-time NBA scoring list, making three of nine shots for 11 points. The Lakers shot 45.5% from the field as a team.
The Spurs were led by Tim Duncan's 10 points, followed by Danny Green with eight and Corey Joseph with seven. San Antonio shot 47.7% from the field and 38.5% (5 of 13) from three-point range.
Both starting point guards, Tony Parker and Ronnie Price, went scoreless.
Lakers 25, Spurs 25 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers started slowly against the Spurs, giving up 10 quick points.
Eventually the Lakers got going, and going well, as they outscored the Spurs, 25-10, over the final 8:43 of the opening quarter.
Kobe Bryant started the game 30 points behind Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA career scoring list. He shaved nine points off that target in the quarter to lead all scorers.
Danny Green was high-scorer for the Spurs with six. San Antonio shot 50% from the field. The Lakers made 39.1% of their shots.
Turnovers were the Lakers' saving grace, forcing seven while giving up only two.
Kawhi Leonard (hand) was unable to play. UCLA rookie Kyle Anderson started in his stead, scoring four points in just over seven minutes.
The Lakers (6-16) visit the San Antonio Spurs (16-6) on Friday night.
The Spurs previously beat the Lakers in mid-November, 93-80.
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