Now that’s the way to close out a half. After a sluggish period for both teams, the Lakers blitz the Spurs, going on an 9-0 run over the final 2:15 of the half. First Pau Gasol makes a nice move to the basket, then Sasha Vujacic drains back-to-back jumpers, then Derek Fisher steals the ball near midcourt and takes it in for a lay-up. Tim Duncan has a chance to get some of it back, but clanks two free throws off the rim with 2.4 seconds remaining.
The Spurs had a day to recover from blowing a 20-point third quarter lead in Game 1, but the hangover lingers into the beginning of Game 2. The Spurs shot just 33 percent in the first quarter and fell behind 17-11. The Lakers had a chance to really build the lead, but can’t seem to hang on to the ball, turning it over four times in the final four minutes of the quarter.