Thursday , Dec , 04 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – December 4

=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – December 4 ===

(Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth
quarter, helping the Los Angeles Lakers rally for a 90-86 victory over the San
Antonio Spurs Wednesday at the SBC Center.

Gary Payton and Karl Malone each finished with 16 points as all five Laker
starters ended in double digits to help them overcome a 15-point deficit in
this contest. Devean George added 18 and Shaquille O’Neal had 15 points, 16
rebounds and nine blocks for Los Angeles, which won its seventh straight game.

Trailing 71-62 heading into the fourth quarter, Bryant keyed a 14-4 Laker run
that put them ahead for the first time since late in the first period.
Bryant’s lay-in with 5:54 left to play made it 76-75 in favor of Los Angeles.

The game see-sawed back and forth, but the Lakers took the lead for good after
a Payton layup made it 81-80 with 4:16 remaining. Bruce Bowen then failed to
put the Spurs ahead after missing two free throws, and Bryant was fouled at
the other end and made both of his attempts from the line.

A basket by Manu Ginobili reduced the deficit to one until Malone and O’Neal
hit back-to-back baskets to extend the margin to five with under two minutes
to play.

San Antonio was unable to muster a shot in the final two minutes that could
tie the game, allowing Los Angeles to escape with a difficult road victory.

Los Angeles had 13 steals in the contest.

The Lakers play at Dallas tonight.