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Lakers Hold Off Spurs

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2013 at 04:25 PM

SAN ANTONIO - Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are one win away from returning to the NBA finals.

Bryant had 28 points and 10 rebounds and the Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs 93-91 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

It was the Spurs' first home loss this postseason, and the defending champions face elimination when Game 5 is played in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 29 points and 17 rebounds. Reserve Brent Barry had 23 points and his last-second 3-point attempt could have given the Spurs the win. He claimed he was fouled on the play by Derek Fisher but there was no call.

The Lakers led all night after opening a 22-8 lead. The Spurs got within 81-79 in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers scored seven straight points.

Bryant missed a jumper with 2.1 seconds to play. When Barry's 3-point attempt missed, the Lakers were headed home with command of the series.

L.A. LAKERS (93) - Radmanovic 5-8 0-0 11, Odom 4-9 8-9 16, Gasol 4-7 2-4 10, Fisher 4-7 0-0 9, Bryant 14-29 0-0 28, Walton 4-10 1-3 9, Vujacic 1-6 1-1 4, Farmar 1-6 0-0 2, Turiaf 1-3 2-2 4, Ariza 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-85 14-19 93.

SAN ANTONIO (91) - Bowen 3-6 0-0 7, Duncan 10-26 9-11 29, Oberto 0-0 0-0 0, Parker 8-17 7-7 23, Finley 0-2 0-0 0, Ginobili 2-8 2-2 7, Horry 0-2 2-2 2, Barry 7-14 4-4 23, Udoka 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-75 24-26 91.

L.A. Lakers28252416-93San Antonio23242321-91 3-Point Goals-L.A. Lakers 3-14 (Fisher 1-1, Radmanovic 1-4, Vujacic 1-4, Bryant 0-1, Walton 0-2, Farmar 0-2), San Antonio 7-24 (Barry 5-12, Bowen 1-3, Ginobili 1-4, Finley 0-1, Horry 0-2, Parker 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-L.A. Lakers 56 (Bryant, Gasol 10), San Antonio 43 (Duncan 17). Assists-L.A. Lakers 17 (Gasol 6), San Antonio 22 (Parker 9). Total Fouls-L.A. Lakers 24, San Antonio 21. A-18,797 (18,797).

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