NBA Game Summary - LA Lakers at San Antonio
(Tuesday, January 4th)
Final Score: San Antonio 100, LA Lakers 83
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Bruce Bowen netted 24 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc, as the San Antonio Spurs jumped ahead early and cruised to a 100-83 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at SBC Center.
Tim Duncan registered 12 points and 15 rebounds while Brent Barry added 14 points for the Spurs, who have won six of their last seven games. Manu Ginobili netted 13 points in the victory.
Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant entered the game having scored 40-plus points in three straight games, but was held to just 17 on 5-of-16 shooting in this one. Stanislav Medvedenko scored 16 for the Lakers, who saw a brief two-game winning streak halted.
"This was a bit of a rude awakening," said Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "We tried our first option offensively and they were just too good."
The Spurs took control early and often in this one, jumping out to a 29-15 lead with just over two minutes to play in the opening quarter.
Bowen nailed consecutive three-pointers in the first four minutes before Barry exploded for three straight treys, the last of which created the 14-point Spurs lead. Bowen's third jumper from behind the three-point line capped the frame for a 32-18 advantage.
San Antonio picked up right where it left off by opening the second stanza with a 17-4 run and never looked back. Ginobili posted seven points during the spurt and Duncan's inside jumper with over four minutes to go in the half made it 49-22.
The Spurs went into the locker room with a 56-32 lead.
LA was outscored by one, 22-21, in the third, but was never in the game. Bryant missed shots from all over the floor as the Lakers offense never got into gear.
"Every time we tried to get back in it, they hit another big shot," Bryant said.
The visitors ended the contest shooting just 41 percent from the floor, including a terrible 2-of-14 from three-point range.
Starters for both teams barely saw the floor in the fourth quarter and San Antonio held on for the easy victory.
Bryant had totaled 132 points in his last three games and has scored in double digits in all 29 of the Lakers games this season...The Lakers are now 5-7 on the road this season, while the Spurs improved to 15-1 at home...San Antonio has won three straight and eight of the last 12 meetings with the Lakers.
01/05 01:26:11 ET