Lakers put on a show but can't come up with Hollywood ending
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LOS ANGELES — There were no fisticuffs at Staples Center on Monday night, but plenty of fight in a wild 143-142 overtime whiplash loss at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs that dropped the Los Angeles Lakers to 0-3 on the season.
The Lakers battled back from an eight-point deficit with just over a minute remaining behind a flurry of exquisite LeBron James moments — a kickout to Lonzo Ball and a pull-up 3-pointer to tie the game with 3.3 seconds — to send the game to overtime.
In overtime, it was the Lakers who seized control, then coughed up a six-point lead with less than a minute remaining. James orchestrated the Lakers’ overtime attack with beautiful execution, including a feed to Josh Hart at the hoop, a kickout to Ball for a pivotal 3-pointer and a gorgeous pocket pass on a pick-and-roll for Johnathan Williams. Then, it fell apart. James missed a pair of free throws, leaving the door open for the Spurs, down a point with one final possession and 12.8 seconds remaining.
Patty Mills made good on that opportunity, vaulting the Spurs into the lead with seven seconds remaining. James’ final shot