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After three quarters, Lakers still lead FC Barcelona ... barely

October 7, 2010 |  1:36 pm

It's not pretty, no doubt, with the Lakers barely hanging on to a 70-68 lead against FC Barcelona through three quarters Thursday in Barcelona, Spain.

It was mildly surprising when Kobe Bryant started the third quarter, but there he was, his knee apparently feeling incrementally better. He played a little more than 10 minutes in the quarter and has 11 points on two-for-11 shooting.

Pau Gasol has 22 points but has missed 13 of 20 shots in front of his hometown crowd.

Ricky Rubio, a Minnesota Timberwolves draft pick, has not looked sharp, going scoreless and missing all five of his shots.

The Lakers are shooting only 36.4% and have missed all seven of their three-point attempts.

-- Mike Bresnahan, reporting from Barcelona, Spain