The Lakers lost their first game at home, and second in a row to fall to 1-2.
San Antonio shot 40.4% from the field, but big baskets from
Earlier in the game, the Lakers had a 15-point lead but it quickly disappeared after
Henry later returned but scored just three points in 21 minutes, missing all six of his shot attempts.
The Spurs took a six-point lead in the third quarter, before the Lakers scored two final baskets including a buzzer-beating layup by
Turnovers, missed layups, missed free throws, missed dunks -- it was not a pretty quarter of basketball.
The Lakers shot just 35% through 36 minutes. The Spurs slightly higher at 37%.
The Lakers extended their lead to 15 against the Spurs in the second quarter.
The momentum shifted after
The Lakers called for time the next play, allowing Henry to run to the locker room — for stitches and maybe even a concussion test. Henry was back on the bench before halftime.
The Spurs resumed with renewed energy, closing the gap to a single point by the half.
The Lakers shot 32.5% from the field, missing 13 of 12 three-point attempts. The Spurs shot 36.7% from the field.
The battle of the Lakers vs. the Spurs without
Neither team shot well from the field but the Lakers climbed ahead by as many as nine before finishing with a seven-point lead.
The Lakers (1-1) host the San Antonio Spurs (1-0) on Friday night at
Tim Duncan is not expected to play after taking a
After a strong opening night performance, the Lakers fell apart Wednesday while visiting the
Catching the Spurs without Duncan would be an opportunity for the Lakers, even without Kobe Bryant (Achilles).
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