Lakers endure Spurs' stress test in 93-81 win

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Lakers endure Spurs' stress test in 93-81 win
Lakers endure Spurs' stress test in 93-81 win

It's one of the great stress tests in professional basketball — stop the San Antonio Spurs for 48 minutes. In their 20th straight season of winning basketball, few, if any, teams in the NBA are more committed to their principles, to a system of winning that's withstood injuries, aging and anything else in their way. Each possession can require 24 seconds worth of expert defense, the slightest break in concentration resulting in a wide-open shot at the rim or behind the three-point line. And defending the Spurs is a lot like trying to beat the Spurs — an incomplete effort very likely will end in defeat. The Lakers were at that point in the third quarter of Thursday's 93-81 win at Staples Center

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