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LOS ANGELES, Nov 14, (Agencies): San Antonio’s Danny Green drained a three-pointer with nine seconds remaining and the Spurs’ defense then denied Kobe Bryant the ball as the Western Conference-leading Spurs produced a dramatic 84-82 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Bryant, who rose above a defense-dominated contest with 28 points and eight assists, was shadowed by San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and unable to get his hands on the ball after Green’s clutch shot, forcing Pau Gasol to attempt a long three-pointer that ended their chances.
The win was the third in a row for the Spurs (7-1), who got 19 points and seven assists from Tony Parker, as well as 18 points and nine rebounds from Tim Duncan.
The Lakers (3-5) had won their two previous games since coach Mike Brown was fired but are still waiting for his successor Mike D’Antoni to take over.
D’Antoni, who was named on Monday to replace Brown, is unlikely to make his debut until later this week because of recent surgery. His arrival should rejuvenate an offense that was held to a season-low total on Tuesday.

In a close battle throughout, San Antonio pulled 67-62 ahead early in the fourth before Bryant entered the game and ran off seven of the team’s next nine points to tie the game at 71-71.
Bryant then assisted on three of the Lakers’ final four field goals, playing the role of facilitator in the absence of injured point guards Steve Nash and his backup Steve Blake.
“When Steve (Nash) comes back I’m finishing plays (instead of starting them) which makes us more dangerous,” said Bryant, who is anxiously awaiting his new coach and a full roster.
“It’s not frustrating at all, we’ll just wait.”
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points while J. R. Smith and Raymond Felton added 21 each as the New York Knicks held off the Orlando Magic 99-89 Tuesday night to remain the NBA’s only unbeaten team. J.J. Redick led Orlando with 18 points, with Arron Afflalo scoring 13 for a Magic team that was stunted by 20 turnovers that led to 24 New York points.

The Magic dropped their fifth consecutive game and continue to struggle without starters Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu.
Elsewhere Tuesday, the Bobcats had a 92-76 win over the Wizards, the Raptors edged the Pacers 74-72 and the Nets beat the Cavaliers 114-101. In the late games, The Spurs edges the Lakers 84-82 and the Trail Blazers had a 103-86 win over the Kings.
At Charlotte, Ramon Sessions scored 21 points as the Bobcats beat winless Washington to get back-to-back victories for the first time since last December.
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds before leaving in the fourth quarter with a sore back.

Trevor Ariza scored 19 points for the Wizards, who fell to 0-6.
At Indianapolis, DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points and Jose Calderon had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Toronto.
Toronto led 69-58 heading into the fourth and hit only one field goal the rest of the way, a club low.
George Hill scored 18 points and Paul George had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Pacers, who have lost four of the last five.
Brooklyn posted its third consecutive win with Deron Williams contributing 26 points and 10 assists and Joe Johnson scoring 25 points against travel-weary Cleveland.
Brook Lopez added 23 points for the Nets, who opened a 20-point lead at home for the third straight game, but this time barely let up and beat the Cavaliers for the sixth time in eight meetings after losing nine in a row, mostly during the LeBron James era.

Anderson Varejao scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who were wrapping up a six-game, coast-to-coast trip and played much of the game with the urgency of a team that wanted to be home.
At Sacramento, Damian Lillard had 22 points and nine assists to help Portland stop a four-game losing streak.
Portland used a strong third quarter to build its lead to 16 points and pushed the cushion to 22 early in the fourth. The Trail Blazers out-rebounded the Kings and connected on 14 of 27 attempts from 3-point range.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points for Portland and Wesley Matthews had 18.
James Johnson scored 16 for the Kings, who dropped their third straight. They played their second consecutive game without leading scorer and rebounder DeMarcus Cousins, suspended following a verbal altercation last week with San Antonio Spurs television announcer Sean Elliott.


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