SAN ANTONIO – The season is only five games old but the San Antonio Spurs have discovered what they have been looking for since the beginning of the year, defense.
The Spurs overcame a 14-point deficit in the second quarter to pull off another huge win over LeBron James and the Lakers, 110-106.
After giving up 60 points in the first half, they only gave up 46 in the second half and 18 in the fourth quarter.
"That's really the first time this year we have done that," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. "But if that can become a habit we are going to have an opportunity to win a lot of games."
"We're still trying to figure out what's best and what works best out there and with what players, so we've got to just stick with it," said Pau Gasol, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Offensively the Spurs had six players in double figures led by DeMar DeRozan's 30 points. He also had 12 rebound and eight assists, just missing a triple double.
"We are going to continue to get better continue to keep building, gives you a lot of faith, look forward to the next game because we know how much better we need to be and how much better we're going to be," said DeRozan.
The Spurs didn't get their first lead in the game until early in the fourth when DeRozan rebounded his own miss and put it back for a 93-91 lead.
"I just wanted to kind of get that bucket and kind of get the crowd into it, get your teammates into it, the bench get into it, we all kind of fed off that energy after that," DeRozan said.
They went on from there, despite 35 points from James.
"A couple of tough ones against them, but luckily we came out on top and got two big wins," said Gasol who had two huge put backs in the second half to help maintain that comeback.
Now the Spurs have to avoid what happened last time they scored a big win over the Lakers, a loss.
Monday they host the Dallas Mavericks.