Point guard Darius Morris converted a layup at the buzzer to close the Lakers' deficit to six.  The Lakers are shooting an impressive 60% from the field but have turned the ball over eight times in 12 minutes.

Spurs point guard Tony Parker leads all scorers with eight points. San Antonio is shooting 52.6% from the field with only two turnovers.

Dwight Howard has six points, three turnovers and five missed free throws. He was also called for a technical foul after swinging an elbow, seemingly frustrated by multiple Spurs fouling him simultaneously on an offensive rebound.


The Lakers will try to stave off elimination on Sunday as they host the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center in Game 4 of their best-of-seven playoff series.

The team, which hasn't won a game in the series, is expected to be without Steve Nash (hamstring, hip), Jodie Meeks (ankle), Metta World Peace (knee), Kobe Bryant (Achilles) and Steve Blake (hamstring).

Center Tiago Splitter (ankle) is out for the Spurs.

For a more in-depth breakdown, check out Preview: Lakers vs. Spurs.


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