0:00.3 What the game clock showed as Antonio McDyess tipped in Tim Duncan’s missed 15-footer, winning the contest for the Spurs after L.A. had battled back to take the lead on two Pau Gasol free throws with 22.7 seconds left. Manu Ginobili then missed a three, but McDyess grabbed that miss and fed Parker for a missed leaner. Ron Artest hit the ball out of bounds trying to clear the defensive board, setting up the final stanza. Four shots in 22.7 seconds for the Spurs, bound to have one go down.
“Too many opportunities at the end of the game,” summarized Phil Jackson. “They had four attempts and it cost us. It was a good game, defensively we played well.”
7 Point lead built by the Lakers late in the second quarter before a series of poor plays at both ends allowed the Spurs to tie the game at the half. That seemed to take some wind out of L.A.’s sails that it didn’t recover until the final minutes.
7.5 Games between the two teams in the Western Conference standings, after it appeared to be 5.5 had the Lakers lasted another 0.00.3 seconds.
10 Assists for Kobe Bryant, in facilitator mode for much of the game as the Spurs’ D shifted his way. He was one rebound away from a triple double, grabbing nine boards to go with the assists and his 16 points, though he struggled from the field while making just 5-of-18 field goals.
14.3 Percent from three-point range for the Lakers, who made only two of 14 shots from distance, though Odom did get the biggest one to fall with one minute left to cut San Antonio’s lead to one.
29 Minutes played by Andrew Bynum after he missed a game due to a bone bruise in his left knee. He appeared to be moving just fine, going for 10 points with 10 rebounds, not to mention a career-high six assists and three blocks. “He said he was fine,” said Phil Jackson of Bynum’s health.
32 Points in the paint for the Spurs, who L.A. forced into a lot of perimeter jumpers. San Antonio did hit six threes, and made 13-of-17 free throws.