Five takeaways from the Lakers' 116-112 win over the Spurs

IT convened a meeting of their Mutual Appreciation Society on Saturday, following the Los Angeles Lakers' 116-112 win over the San Antonio Spurs, when he was asked about the rookie's clutch threes during the final few minutes of the Purple and Gold's comeback. Get the app and get the game.

"Ball was incredible", said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose team lost for the fourth straight time at home for the first time since 2002.

"We have the talent to win and I want this team to think we're going to win", Thomas said afterward.

San Antonio's untimely injuries and on-court struggles in a hectic Western Conference don't bode well for their odds at keeping the league's longest-standing playoff run intact.

Right now, they have no one they can lean on. For the Spurs, Pau Gasol is questionable with a knee bruise. "It's pouring hard right on us". Wear helped the Lakers chip away at the Spurs' lead late in the fourth quarter, but what really impressed Walton was Wear's defense.

Ball became the first Laker in the franchise's storied history to hit at least six 3-pointers and dish 11 assists in a game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The Spurs were wary of the Lakers, who have five in a row.

A big reason for the come from behind victory tonight was Julius Randle.

Thomas led the Lakers with 29 points on 55% shooting. Rudy Gay finished the game with a team-high 19 points against their last opponent, the pelicans.

Ball's shotchart from 3 over his past four games. Manu Ginobili (12), Dejounte Murray (12) and Davis Bertans (11) rounded out San Antonio's double-figure scoring. The Spurs' Over/Under lines have averaged 215 in the past two weeks and their games have resulted in an Over/Under average of 12.3. When halftime rolled around, they still lead by seven points, 60-53.

The Silver and Black shot 46 percent (23/50) in the first half and had 15 assists on their 23 made field goals.

Ball heard all sorts of criticism about his shot and even suggestions from some that he needed to completely overhaul his unorthodox form after shooting 28.6 percent from 3 in October and then 24.3 percent from behind the arc and 30.4 percent overall in November.

After the game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gave credit where he felt it was due.

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