Spurs 84, Lakers 82

Jon Gold, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

LOS ANGELES -- There's BC and there's AD, but is there BD'A?
In a state of flux between former head coach Mike Brown and future head coach Mike D'Antoni, the Los Angeles Lakers could not send interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff off on a high note.
If, in fact, he's coached his last game for Los Angeles.
The San Antonio Spurs won a back-and-forth battle with the host Lakers 84-82 Tuesday night at Staples Center in what was possibly Bickerstaff's final game at the helm.
Spurs shooting guard Danny Green hit the game-winning 3-pointer with just under 10 seconds left, and the Lakers could only manage an awkward 3-point attempt from the corner by Pau Gasol as time ran out. The shot hit the rim but didn't go in.
While D'Antoni continues to recover from knee surgery, the Lakers await word of when he'll join the team. The former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach was hired in a surprise move late Sunday night, a day after the Lakers interviewed their former coach, Phil Jackson. Under Bickerstaff, Los Angeles (3-5) played with more freedom and showed less stress on offense than it had under Brown.
That was before the Lakers ran into the Spurs, though.
San Antonio (7-1) shot just 39 percent from the field and was out-rebounded 48-38, but the Spurs committed just eight turnovers while forcing 17.
Green picked a good time to make up for a poor shooting effort, as he finished just 4-for-12 from the field. The game-winner was his third 3-pointer in seven attempts. Tony Parker scored 19 points to lead San Antonio. Tim Duncan added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Green had 11 points.
Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 28 points, and he added eight assists for the Lakers. Dwight Howard finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Gasol added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Bryant had 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting at the half to go along with five assists, while Howard added eight points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Lakers dominated San Antonio on the glass in the first half, winning the rebounding battle, 27-18, as Spurs big men Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter combined for only seven rebounds.
Parker had 11 points at the half to lead San Antonio, but no other player scored more than Duncan's six. As a team, the Spurs shot just 16-of-43 from the field and 3-of-12 from 3-point range.
NOTES: Nash's backup, Steve Blake, missed the game with an abdominal strain. He remains day-to-day with the injury after an ultrasound on Monday. Darius Morris got the start at point guard for the Lakers, and he managed just one point and one assist in 21 minutes. ... San Antonio won the season series last season after the teams tied the previous two years. ... Entering the game, the Lakers ranked 30th in the NBA in turnovers (18.14 per game).

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