Bryant powers Lakers past Spurs
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 34 points,
dished out eight assists and pulled down six rebounds to lead the Los Angeles
Lakers over the San Antonio Spurs, 100-96, at the At&T Center.
Bryant finished 12-of-19 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line while
Vladimir Radmanovic donated 13 points off the bench for the Lakers, who have
won three straight and seven of nine.
Maurice Evans also netted 11 points with five boards for Los Angeles, which
shot 47 percent.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 26 points and nine rebounds while Tony Parker
chipped in with 25 points and five helpers. Brent Barry also poured in 13
points for San Antonio, which has lost two in a row.
A close fourth quarter highlighted this see-saw battle of a game.
Brian Cook’s dunk finished a 10-2 scamper to put Los Angeles up 83-73 midway
through the fourth. The Spurs, though, continued to fight and took a 91-90
lead following six straight points from Emanuel Ginobili.
Luke Walton then hit a layup to put the Lakers back on top by one, and after
Duncan tied it at 92 with a free throw, Bryant drilled a jumper and Evans
converted twice from the charity stripe for a 96-92 edge with 1:14 to play.
The battle continued as Duncan landed another free throw to cut San Antonio’s
deficit to three, however, Ronny Turiaf’s short jumper made it 98-93 with 9.9
Barry answered with a trey to make it a two-point game until Bryant made two
free throws with 4.9 seconds left for the final margin.
Radmanovic’s jumper put Los Angeles up by seven early in the first, but San
Antonio responded with a 20-7 burst — capped by Ginobili’s three — for a
25-19 edge after one.
In the second, the Lakers took a 32-29 lead on Jordan Farmar’s trey before the
Spurs went on a 9-2 run, led by seven points from Barry, to regain the edge at
38-34 with 5:44 left. Los Angeles proceeded to tie the game twice, however, it
was San Antonio which went into halftime with a 53-49 advantage.
The contest remained close in the third with each team trading the lead but it
was a three from Radmanovic that put the Lakers on top, 73-71, entering the
Walton and Cook each finished with eight points…Los Angeles has won
three of the last four meetings between the teams…The Lakers shot 39 percent
from three-point range while San Antonio was 27 percent from beyond the arc.