Patty Mills had the go-ahead basket with 6.8 seconds to play, helping San Antonio rally from a six-point deficit in the final minute. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 37 points, as they improved to 2-1 with their first road win of the season. Meanwhile, James is on an 0-3 team for the first time since the 2004-2005 season, as Los Angeles has dropped consecutive games at the Staples Center.
The Lakers were without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram due to suspensions, which helped Aldridge also grab 10 rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan added 32 points and 14 assists in a game that lacked defense either way. For the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma fell one point short of a career-high with 37 points and eight rebounds, while rookie Josh Hart contributed a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Los Angeles had a 142-136 lead with the help of big man Johnathan Williams in his NBA debut, as he was in for JaVale McGee, who fouled out. Rudy Gay would then cut in to the deficit with a three-pointers, while two free throws cut the deficit to one, before Mills won it for San Antonio. Milles finished the night with 12 points, and helped his team end the game on a 7-0 run to rally for the victory.
The Lakers had to rally from multiple double-digit deficits in regulation to make things interesting in what was the most exciting game of the young season. Los Angeles will look for their first win of the season on the road Wednesday night when they visit the Phoenix Suns. The Spurs will return home that same night to play host to the Indiana Pacers.