Lakers Lose To Spurs On Last-Second Tip-In By Antonio McDyess

The Lakers are 0-2 against the Spurs this season.

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VIDEO: Game Winning Tip-In From Antonio McDyess And Reaction From Silver Screen And Roll

I know, it may not be easy to look at. But for posterity's sake, we're going to show you the video of Antonio McDyess' game-winning tip shot against the Lakers last night. Cover your eyes if you want.

It's not after the buzzer, it isn't anything illegal actually. it's just really, really frustrating. For all my Lakers reaction I go to one place and one place only, our Laker blog Silver Screen and Roll. First, we'll go with the good news.

There are some good things that Laker fans can take from this one. Gasol continues to rediscover his offensive repertoire and deserves a lot of credit for his defense against Duncan. Bynum - with 10 points, 10 boards, six assists and three blocks - appears to have recovered from the bone bruise that kept him out of the Houston game. Although he missed all four of his three-point attempts, Artest still finished with 13 points thanks to strong work scoring in the paint.

So all those things should lead to a win, right? Well maybe not when you're playing the team with the best record in the NBA, and maybe not when the Coach has some inexplicable rotations toward the end of crunch time.

Both tonight and in the Sacramento loss on Friday, he kept Blake on the court and Fish on the bench in crunch time. What's that about exactly? It's super-weird to see Fish, the master of all things clutch, riding pine in the final possessions of close games. And it's not like Blake is playing so well as to commend those minutes, or even well at all. What's your strategy here, Zen Master? I'm keeping an eye on it.

Never a good thing to still be working out the rotation this far into the season. It didn't work out for them in this particular game, so we'll see if it gets switched up in the future.


Lakers Comeback Overcome By McDyess Tip At Buzzer, Spurs Win 89-88

The Los Angeles Lakers made a furious fourth quarter comeback to take a one-point lead in the final minute, but a last-second tip-in by Antonio McDyess gave the San Antonio Spurs an 89-88 win at Staples Center. The Lakers outrebounded the Spurs on the night 44-38, but after two free throws by Pau Gasol gave the Lakers a one-point lead, the Lakers could not secure a rebound on the Spurs' final possession.

Manu Ginobili missed a three-pointer with 11.9 seconds remaining, but McDyess grabbed the board, dishing it to Tony Parker, who missed a patented seven-foot runner in the lane. Ron Artest had a chance to grab the rebound for the Lakers, but he lost the ball out of bounds. After a timeout, the Spurs ran a play for Tim Duncan on the right block, and Duncan shot and missed a 17-foot shot. But McDyess was there to tip the ball in, with video replays clearly showing his hand off the ball by the 0.1-second mark at the clock. The officials reviewed the play, but it was clearly good, clinching another Lakers loss to an elite team this season.

The Lakers are 0-3 at home against the top three teams in the league -- the Spurs, Celtics, and Heat -- and they also have a road loss to the Spurs as well. The Lakers embark on a seven-game road trip which begins Saturday in New Orleans, and will take them to Boston for a rematch with the Celtics.

Kobe Bryant was an assist away from a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and nine dimes, but he also missed 13 of his 18 field goal attempts. Gasol, who was named a Western Conference All-Star reserve earlier tonight, led the Lakers with 19 points, and grabbed seven rebounds. Parker had 21 points to lead the Spurs, who are off to the best start in franchise history at 41-8. San Antonio is one of 12 teams in NBA history to start a season at 41-8 or better, with the record being 45-4 by the 1966-1967 Philadelphia 76ers.

For more news on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Spurs: Tonight's TNT Tilt Full Of NBA All-Stars

Tonight's game on TNT between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers not only features a matchup of the teams with the two best records in the Western Conference, but also is a showcase for four Western Conference All-Stars. Earlier tonight on TNT, the NBA All-Star reserves were announced, including Pau Gasol of the Lakers, and Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili of the Spurs. Those three will join starter Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference All-Star team at Staples Center on Sunday, February 20.

Gasol, who is averaging 18.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game this season, was selected to his third straight All-Star game, all as a reserve. There will be a roster replacement for the injured Yao Ming, who was voted to start at center for the West, announced soon by commissioner David Stern, but Gasol is a candidate to step in for Yao in the starting lineup, especially considering that Gasol has started 32 games at center this season, in place of Andrew Bynum.

Bryant was the leading vote getter in the NBA this season, and was elected to start the All-Star game for the 13th straight season. Kobe missed last year's game with a sprained left ankle.

Duncan is averaging career lows in points (13.6 per game) and rebounds (9.4 per contest), but made his 13th consecutive All-Star team. However, this is the first time since Duncan's rookie season that he isn't starting the All-Star game. Ginobili, who came of the bench for the majority of the last four seasons, has started all 48 games this season for San Antonio, averaging 18.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. This is his second All-Star selection, and first since 2005.

For more news on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Spurs: Andrew Bynum Expected To Play Tonight Against San Antonio

As the Los Angeles Lakers battle the San Antonio Spurs, with the best record in the NBA, center Andrew Bynum is now expected to play tonight. Bynum missed Tuesday's game against Houston with a bone bruise in his left knee, and was originally listed as questionable for tonight's game. However, after shootaround today, Bynum told ESPN LA's Dave McMenamin, "I'm playing" as he left the court. Coach Phil Jackson expects Bynum to play:

"He has every intention of going out there," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said. "He went through shootaround. If anything happens between now and the game and shootaround caused it, I'll be sorry."

Bynum, who missed the first 24 games of the season while recovering from right knee surgery, is expected to be a factor against Tim Duncan of the Spurs. Bynum's status has been officially updated to "probable" for tonight. Mike Trudell of caught up with assistant coach Chuck Person today:

"Having ‘Drew in there makes all the difference in the world for us because of his ability on the defensive end with the rebounding, shot blocking and sheer manpower of enforcing the middle," said Person. "On the offensive end, he can keep Duncan busy so Duncan can’t roam around and help out all over the floor."

The Lakers are 12-5 with Bynum as a starter this season. It is unknown whether Bynum will start or come off the bench against the Spurs.

For more news on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Spurs: San Antonio Off To One Of Best Starts In NBA History

The San Antonio Spurs come to Staples Center tonight, to battle the Lakers, with the best record in the NBA. At 40-8, the Spurs are off to the best start in franchise history, and one of the best starts in NBA history. There have only been 13 teams in league history to have a record of 40-8 or better, and only six teams better than the current San Antonio mark. Here are the best 48-game starts in league history:

Best 48-Game Starts In NBA History
Team Year Record Result
76ers 1966-67 44-4 68-13, NBA Champs
Bulls 1995-96 43-5 72-10, NBA Champs
Bulls 1996-97 42-6 69-13, NBA Champs
76ers 1982-83 41-7 65-17, NBA Champs
Lakers 1971-72 41-7 69-13, NBA Champs
Celtics 1964-65 41-7 62-18, NBA Champs
Spurs 2010-11 40-8 ???
Pistons 2005-06 40-8 64-18, lost East Finals
76ers 1980-81 40-8 62-20, lost East Finals
Blazers 1977-78 40-8 58-24, lost West Semis
Celtics 1972-73 40-8 68-14, lost East Finals
Bucks 1970-71 40-8 66-16, NBA Champs
Nationals    1949-50 40-8 51-13, lost NBA Finals

Two of these teams, the 1972 Lakers and 1973 Celtics, lost their 49th game of the season. The only one of those teams to not win at least 62 games in a full season were the 1977-1978 Blazers, who lost Bill Walton to a broken foot shortly after their 50-10 start to the season. The defending NBA champs lost in the Western Conference semifinals to Seattle.

For more news on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Host Spurs In Final Home Game Before Grammy Road Trip

The Los Angeles Lakers are in need of a win against a good team, and there has been none better in the NBA than the San Antonio Spurs this season. The Lakers welcome the Spurs, owners of the NBA's best record at 40-8, to Staples Center tonight, in their final home game before embarking on a seven-game road trip. The Spurs handled the Lakers rather easily on December 28 in San Antonio, which came three days after a bad home court loss by the Lakers to the Miami Heat.

Tonight's contest comes four days after the Lakers were throttled by the Boston Celtics at home. It seems foolish to say that a two-time defending NBA champ has something to prove, but the Lakers do. They are 34-15, a half game up on Dallas for the second seed in the Western Conference, so they aren't in dire straits, but right now a return trip to the NBA Finals seems so far away for the Lakers. The Lakers have the fifth-best record in the league, and the Mavericks are sixth. The Lakers' record this season against the other top five teams in the NBA (Spurs, Celtics, Heat, Bulls, Mavs) is a paltry 1-5, including 1-2 at home. The Lakers are in need of a victory against an elite team, and a win over the Spurs would be just that.

Andrew Bynum is questionable tonight with a bone bruise in his left knee, the same injury suffered against Boston that forced him to miss Tuesday's overtime win over Houston. In Bynum's absence, Lamar Odom had a season-high 20 rebounds, and Pau Gasol grabbed 16 boards, his third-highest total of the season.

While the Lakers are about to embark on their annual "Grammy Road Trip," the Spurs have already started their "Rodeo Road Trip." Tonight is the second game of a nine-game trek for San Antonio, who will travel roughly 8,965 miles over 17 days. They dropped the first game of their trip, Tuesday night in Portland to the Blazers. Tonight's game will be televised on TNT.

For more news on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.

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