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Duncan Dominates in Spurs Loss to Lakers

By Jay Desai

112. 20. . 110. 29

The San Antonio Spurs suffered their first home loss since November 8th on Friday night, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers 112-110 in overtime.

The Spurs found themselves in a game of catch-up after taking an early 10-0 lead, trailing at halftime and at the end of the third quarter. San Antonio, down by as many as 11, was resilient though, scoring the final nine points in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Dec 12, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) shoots the ball against Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin (17) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Momentum just did not hold up for the Spurs in the extra period unfortunately. San Antonio trailed for much of overtime, their only lead being 110-109 thanks to a Tim Duncan layup.

Although the Spurs took the lead late in overtime, the win seemed to just not be in San Antonio’s fate as Nick Young buried a deep contested three-point jumper with 7.4 seconds to seal the win. The Spurs had one final possession, but, it was executed poorly with Manu Ginobili taking a tough three fading three with many Lakers jersey’s surrounding him.

Turnovers were a huge issue for San Antonio is the loss as the team committed 19 on the night. Los Angeles only had 14. Other than that, the numbers were pretty even with both teams hitting 12 three’s, a rebound differential of two, and free throw differential of two.

Nick Young, who hit the game-winning three, led the victorious Lakers with 29 points off the bench. Kobe Bryant also had a solid scoring night, finishing with 22 and nine assists.

For the Spurs, it was Tim Duncan who led the comeback movement with his monster night, 19 points and 18 rebounds. Duncan also passed a milestone in the loss, passing Jerry West as the 18th All-Time leading scorer in NBA history (he needed 15 points tonight to do so).

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The back-up guard play was also excellent for San Antonio as Cory Joseph and Manu Ginobili combined for 34 points off the bench, 16 for Joseph 18 for Ginobili.

The loss has the Spurs in a little bit of a cold spell, only 3-3 in their last six games.

With the win the Lakers improved to 7-16, their second straight win. San Antonio fell to 16-7 with the loss.

Next up for the San Antonio Spurs is a game against the Denver Nuggets. The game is scheduled for Sunday at 7 p.m. CT.

What are your thoughts on San Antonio’s loss tonight? Let us know in the comments!

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