Spurs rally late to up­end Lak­ers

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE - EDI­TOR: EM­MANUEL B. VILLARUEL • ASST. EDI­TOR: LEMUEL P. MAGLINTE

SAN AN­TO­NIO — Jakob Poeltl and Davis Ber­tans walked off the court to huge cheers and the em­brace of San An­to­nio Spurs vet­er­ans Pau Ga­sol and La­Mar­cus Aldridge.

In a game filled with All-Stars like Aldridge, De­Mar DeRozan and LeBron James, the Spurs relied on a gritty ef­fort from Poeltl, Ber­tans and their bench to sal­vage a vic­tory.

DeRozan fin­ished with 36 points and nine as­sists and the Spurs had eight play­ers score in dou­ble fig­ures in a 133-120 come-from-be­hind vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers on Fri­day night.

James fin­ished with 35 points, 11 as­sists and eight re­bounds for Los An­ge­les, but was held to four points and no re­bounds in the fourth quar­ter. James bris­tled when told Ber­tans and Poeltl were not play­ers any­one ex­pected would beat the Lak­ers.

"Why not," James said. "Why wouldn't you think they could beat you? They're NBA play­ers. They made big shots. Ber­tans made big shots. He made four 3s in the fourth quar­ter."

The Spurs' young posts com­bined to score 23 points in the fi­nal quar­ter, with Poeltl fin­ish­ing with 14 and Ber­tans 13.

"We re­ally clicked with our sec­ond unit," Poeltl said. "We had so much fun to­gether out there play­ing. I sure found my spots there."

The Spurs' bench outscored the Lak­ers' 5226, in­clud­ing 14 from Patty Mills, in win­ning the sea­son series 3-1.

Los An­ge­les led by as many as 15 points, but was outscored 32-13 be­gin­ning early in the fourth quar­ter

and fell be­hind 121-114.

NETS 106, RAP­TORS 105

D'An­gelo Rus­sell scored 29 points, in­clud­ing six in over­time, and the Brooklyn Nets snapped an eight-game los­ing streak by beat­ing the Toronto Rap­tors.

Brooklyn picked the most un­likely way to end its skid, snap­ping a 12-game slide against Toronto with its first vic­tory over the Rap­tors since April 3, 2015.

Jar­rett Allen made the goa­head bas­ket for the Nets with a lit­tle more than a minute left, their only bas­ket in over­time not made by Rus­sell.

Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points for the Rap­tors, but Toronto couldn't get a look for him on its fi­nal posses­sion and had to set­tle for Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer that just missed.

Spencer Din­wid­die scored 17 points for Brooklyn.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Joe In­gles #2 of the Utah Jazz goes to the bas­ket against the Hous­ton Rock­ets at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE San An­to­nio Spurs' Rudy Gay (22) fights for the ball against Los An­ge­les Lak­ers' LeBron James, right, and JaVale McGee dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in San An­to­nio. AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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