November 13, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green (4) celebrates the Spurs 84-82 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Video: Danny Green's game-winning 3-pointer


Odds are, when you leave Danny Green open behind the arc, he will make the shot.

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant — whose prone to “cheating” as Tony Parker put it postgame — learned firsthand in the Lakers’ 84-82 loss at Staples.

Benefiting from a screen set by Tim Duncan, in which Bryant was temporarily dislodged, and an accurate pass from Kawhi Leonard, Green had enough rhythm to make the game-winning 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds remaining.

Rather than putting the ball in the hands of Duncan or Tony Parker, combined for 37 points between them in the win, Popovich used a dribble hand off to put Leonard in position to facilitate and a screen to free up Green on the perimeter. This deceptive play call would have been inconceivable last season as Green and Leonard were both tasked with lower leverage situations.

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