Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spurs edge Lakers to cap off tremendous season, 99-105.

It was 28-26 after one, and both teams were eager to end the season in exciting fashion.

The Lakers went on an 8-0 run, before a big jam by Tyrus Thomas stifled it. Lou Williams was hot for LA, scoring 13 points early. A layup by Kobe took the lead, but with 1.2 seconds left, Tony Parker made a jumper to make it 49-49 at halftime.

A misfire from 3 by Kobe led to an outlet pass for Kawhi Leonard, but the Black Mamba turned back the clock and chased down Leonard for the thrilling denial at the rim, shocking the Texas crowd.

The Spurs turned to their big guns, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, who passed out to Danny Green for a long ball and then over to Manu Ginobili for a dunk, capping and 8-0 run, at 58-50. Lou Williams responded, still hot, but an alley oop to Kawhi Leonard set the tone for the closing period.

Shawn Marion soared in for an alley oop late, and a 3PTer by Boris Diaw made it 84-76 and another 8-0 run all but sealed the victory. The Lakers would not surrender, though, with scrappy play until the buzzer.

Kawhi Leonard had 28 points, despite 4 fouls, Parker had 10 points with 10 assists. Danny Green had 15, Manu had 12, Ray Allen had 9. Splitter and Duncan combined for 13 points and 16 rebounds. Kobe Bryant had 23 points on just 8-18 shooting, and Lou Williams had 26 points with 4-5 3PTers. The rookie, D'Angelo Russell, had a modest triple-double but a triple-double no less with 7 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists.

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