The Lakers had lost their opening two fixtures against the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets rather convincingly and looked on course for a similar outcome against San Antonio.
San Antonio held the lead for nearly the entirety of regulation time, but the Lakers embarked on an impressive comeback in the fourth quarter.
They were down by three with just 10 seconds left on the clock after the Spurs missed a contested three-pointer themselves.
LeBron James was ultimately given the ball to take up the court with Rudy Gay marking him.
But the three-time NBA champion wasted no time in getting his shot off, jumping up from deep and letting fly a three-pointer.
And the Staples Center erupted as the ball flew threw the net to force overtime.
However, some eagle-eyed viewers spotted something James did just seconds before picking up the ball and nailing his clutch shot.
The 33-year-old was seen holding his eye, seeming to suggest he had sustained an injury from the play before.
But after he saw Josh Hart caught the rebound, James called for the Lakers to take a timeout.
NBA rules state if a timeout is called when your team doesn’t have any left then you still get the timeout and you’re handed a technical foul, but you do not get the ball back when play resumes.
This may have gone unpunished on this occasion as Luke Walton could be seen waving off James’ plea for a timeout.
When asked about the sequence leading to his game-tying shot, James struggled to keep a straight face as he denied asking for a timeout.
“I wasn’t calling a timeout,” he said.
“Nah. Just getting ready to go up there and try to make a game-tying shot. That’s all.”
But Lakers head coach Luke Walton seemed to go against James’ word by saying he and Kyle Kuzma were trying to tell him there were no more timeouts.
“When I saw him calling for the timeout I was yelling, I think Kuz – I’ve got to watch the tape — was yelling too,” Walton said.