We broke down some of the more intriguing numbers from LAL’s 91-85 loss vs. San Antonio:
Second-chance points for San Antonio compared to the Lakers eight. The Spurs owned a plus-four advantage on the glass, even without Tim Duncan (chest contusion) in the lineup. Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard combined for 25 of San Antonio’s 50 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive end.
Percent shooting from the Lakers starting backcourt of Steve Nash (1 of 8) and Steve Blake (2 of 12). Nash did not play the entire fourth quarter and struggled to get going throughout the game, while Blake hit his only two field goals in the third.
Fourth-quarter points for Boris Diaw, who started in place of Duncan. Diaw hit a three-pointer with 1:40 remaining to put the Spurs up 85-81, which essentially sealed the win for San Antonio.
Consecutive made baskets from Tony Parker from the 10:07 mark of the third till the final buzzer. Parker finished with 24 points and six assists, but was nearly perfect in the second half (6 of 7 field goals) as he keyed San Antonio’s win on the road. Below is a look at his second-half shot chart, courtesy of NBA.com/stats.
Turnover for San Antonio in the fourth quarter, when they shot 52.6 percent field goals. Postgame, Jordan Farmar acknowledged the difference down the stretch of a close ballgame. “They’re a really good team,” he said. “We’re still trying to find our identity and figure it out. They executed and made plays and made shots and we didn’t.”