Nick Young hit a game-winning three-pointer in the closing seconds of overtime to lift the Lakers to a 112-110 road victory over the Spurs on Friday.
Kobe Bryant didn't pass Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list, but Friday's contest was still full of dramatic moments: Manu Ginobili forced overtime by hitting a free throw with six seconds left in regulation, Bryant and Tim Duncan missed potential game-winners at the end of the fourth quarter, and Duncan scored a go-ahead basket with 1:04 remaining in overtime before Young claimed center stage.
With less than 15 seconds remaining in the extra period and San Antonio leading 110-109, Bryant drew three Spurs defenders as he worked near the free-throw line before he passed out of traffic to Jeremy Lin. Using one quick dribble to suck in the defense, Lin then passed the ball out to Young, who was waiting well outside the arc.
Given that the shot clock was running down under five seconds, Young had to act quickly by dribbling once before uncorking a deep, flailing three-pointer over Ginobili. The shot swished through with 7.4 seconds remaining, and Young celebrated by holding both of his hands over his eyes while extending three fingers on each hand.
Young finished with a game-high 29 points and he hit six three-pointers. Bryant added 22 points and now needs just nine points to move past Jordan into third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Duncan and Danny Green led the Spurs with 19 points apiece. The Lakers improved to 7-16. The Spurs fell to 16-7.