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11/14/2012 4:56 AM EST
Green's 3-pointer pushes Spurs past Lakers 84-82
SAN ANTONIO 84, LA LAKERS 82

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs' final offensive play
was smartly drawn and precisely executed, ending in a clutch
jumper by Danny Green.



The Lakers' final play? Well, 7-foot Pau Gasol ended up shooting
a 3-pointer.



While coach Mike D'Antoni is on his way to Los Angeles with new
schemes and strategies, Gregg Popovich and the Spurs are headed
out of town with an outstanding start to the season.



Green hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds left, Tony
Parker scored 19 points and the Spurs beat Los Angeles 84-82
Tuesday night in the Lakers' first loss since firing Mike Brown.



Tim Duncan had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who
improved the Western Conference's best record to 7-1 thanks to
Green's third 3-pointer of the night. The Spurs executed
perfectly when facing a one-point deficit, with Duncan helping
Kawhi Leonard get the ball to Green.



"(Popovich) drew up a play and said, `If you're open, catch it
and shoot it,"' Green said. "When he draws plays for the young
guys like myself, it's very rare and very surprising. You don't
expect it. It's only my third year here, so for him to draw up a
play for me, there was a lot of pressure on me. But you take the
shot with the confidence he gives you."



The Lakers are hoping to have that feeling when D'Antoni
arrives, likely for practice Thursday. Interim coach Bernie
Bickerstaff ran the team for the third straight game, but the
final play went poorly when they couldn't get the ball to Kobe
Bryant, who had 28 points and eight rebounds.



After Gasol unsurprisingly missed just the 117th 3-point attempt
of his 12-year NBA career, Tiago Splitter's hustle prevented the
Lakers from controlling the rebound before the buzzer sounded on
Los Angeles' first game since hiring D'Antoni late Sunday night.



"It felt good when I released it, (but) it wasn't designed to go
that way," Gasol said. "We're not discouraged by it in the
situation we're in. We're looking forward to a new coach
stepping in on Thursday and getting going. Hopefully I'll be
closer to the basket next time."



Dwight Howard had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who
dropped to 3-5 after committing 17 turnovers on a poor shooting
night.



After the wholesale upheaval of the past five days, the Lakers
found another kind of drama in their first game since the club
surprisingly bypassed 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson to hire
D'Antoni, who is expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The Lakers' crowd cheered for Bickerstaff, but never broke out
into the "We want Phil!" chants that occurred in their past two
games.



The Lakers haven't said when D'Antoni will formally take over
the team, and Bickerstaff could still be running the bench
Friday when the Phoenix Suns visit Staples Center.



And though Jackson has criticized the Lakers' handling of his
candidacy, the players who had been eager to play for the Zen
Master seem equally eager to line up for D'Antoni. Bryant and
Steve Nash enthusiastically endorsed D'Antoni's hiring at the
morning shootaround, with Bryant downplaying the notion that the
Lakers' defense would suffer during the offense-minded coach's
tenure.



"We're playing much, much better," Bryant said. "We're being
much more aggressive on both ends of the floor. We're doing a
good job communicating during the game, pushing guys and making
them take tough shots."



Both teams struggled with poor shooting until the final minutes,
when Antawn Jamison's 3-pointer from the corner put the Lakers
ahead 78-77 with 2:10 to play. Duncan reclaimed the lead with a
jumper, but Gasol hit two free throws with 1:36 left and added
an elbow jumper.



Duncan trimmed the lead to one point before Metta World Peace
missed an open jumper in the final minute, leading to the
timeout in which Popovich drew it up for Green.



"Pop ran a play for Danny, and I think that was a great call,
because Kobe always has a tendency to stay in the paint and
think it's a play for me or for Timmy," Parker said. "Then we
finished it off with a great play defensively. Kawhi did a great
job denying Kobe."



The Lakers played without point guard Steve Blake, who has a
minor abdominal strain. Blake had started the Lakers' last five
games in place of Nash, who will be out for another week or more
with a small fracture in his leg.



Darius Morris had one point on 0-for-5 shooting in his first NBA
start in Blake's place, while veteran backup Chris Duhon managed
five points. The Lakers played without a point guard down the
stretch, with World Peace defending Parker while Bryant largely
orchestrated the Lakers' offense.



NOTES: The Lakers barely exceeded the 80 points they scored in
February 1999 during their lowest-scoring performance ever in
their first 146 meetings with the Spurs. ... World Peace
celebrated his 33rd birthday. The eccentric forward said he has
enjoyed multiple birthday parties over the past few days. ...
Floyd Mayweather Jr., Minnesota Vikings lineman Matt Kalil and
David Beckham attended the game.

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