Sunday , Jan , 28 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Finley’s three gives Spurs OT win over Lakers

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Michael Finley scored 17 points,
including a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in overtime, as the San
Antonio Spurs edged the LA Lakers, 96-94.

The three capped a game in which the Spurs overcame a late 10-point deficit,
and won despite a dreadful shooting performance.

Kobe Bryant scored 31 points and had seven assists for the Lakers, who have
lost four of five. Lamar Odom scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and
Andrew Bynum added 14 points and 11 rebounds for LA. Vladimir Radmanovic
scored 13 points and grabbed nine boards.

Tim Duncan scored 21 and pulled down 14 boards for the Spurs, who have won
five of six. Manu Ginobli finished with 21 points and seven boards, and Tony
Parker added 19 points for San Antonio.

Bryant hit several clutch shots in the extra session, including a fadeaway
from just inside the three-point line with Bruce Bowen’s hand in his face that
put the Lakers ahead 94-93 with just seven seconds remaining.

The Spurs regrouped, though, and Duncan took the pass in the post, waited for
the defense to collapse, and found the wide-open Finley, who buried the game-
winner.

The Spurs trailed by 10 points late in the fourth quarter, but tied the game
on an 11-1 stretch. Bryant and the Lakers had a chance to win the game in
regulation, but Ginobli extended to block the LA star’s jumper, and the buzzer
sounded.

The Lakers were able to keep the Spurs at arm’s length during the third
quarter, and a Bryant jumper and two Maurice Evans free throws sent LA into
the fourth quarter ahead 67-57.

Bryant started slow, but threw down an alley-oop from Odom in the last minute
of the first quarter, and the Lakers trailed 19-16 after 12 minutes of play.

LA edged into the lead in the second quarter, but a Robert Horry three brought
the Spurs to within 32-31 with 4:21 left in the half. LA closed the half on a
12-5 stretch, though, punctuated by a Radmanovic three, and a jumper from
Bryant, and took a 44-36 lead into halftime.

Game Notes

The Spurs won despite shooting only 33.7 percent from the field…San Antonio
outrebounded LA, 53-44…The Lakers only made 18-of-31 (58.1 percent) from the
free throw line, while the Spurs made 22-of-24 (91.7 percent)…This was
Bowen’s 400th consecutive game, a Spurs record and the longest active streak
in the NBA…The Lakers played without Luke Walton (sprained right ankle).

LAL SAN