NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at LA Lakers
(Thursday, February 3rd)
Final Score: San Antonio 103, LA Lakers 91
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Tony Parker scored 22 points and Tim Duncan shook off an early knee injury to finish with 17, as the San Antonio Spurs downed the Los Angeles Lakers, 103-91, at Staples Center.
Duncan was injured in the second quarter when his knee became tangled under the basket, but he came back to start the second half. Officially, Duncan hyperextended the left knee, but he is not expected to miss any time.
"It hurt pretty bad at first, but it went away," Duncan said.
Malik Rose contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds while Manu Ginobili posted 17 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who have won four straight games.
Lamar Odom led the way for the Lakers with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Chucky Atkins added 18 points for Los Angeles, which has dropped four of its last six. Caron Butler finished with 14 points in the losing effort.
This marked the Lakers' first game since former head coach Rudy Tomjanovich officially resigned on Wednesday. Interim head coach Frank Hamblen took over for Tomjanovich, who stepped down after a few days of rumors that he would bow out due to health concerns.
In the second quarter, Duncan left after injuring his left knee, but returned to start the second half. On the play, Butler was going up for a rebound and Duncan was also underneath the basket. Moments later, Brian Cook jumped over the back of Duncan in an attempt to tip the ball in the basket, and when he came down, caused Duncan to fall down and twist the knee awkwardly into Butler.
"It was hyperextended, it wasn't twisted," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. "He was fine."
The game was close until the third quarter, when the Spurs took their 43-40 halftime lead and opened things up courtesy of an 18-4 run to start the third quarter.
Duncan and Parker led the way and when Duncan's 12-footer from the lane went through, the Spurs led 61-44 with just over five minutes to play in the frame. San Antonio ended up outscoring the Lakers 37-15 for the period and eventually took an 80-55 lead into the final stanza.
However, the Lakers refused to go away and make a steady comeback. Atkins' two free throws with 7:25 to go brought the Lakers within 89-69. From there, LA surged on a 15-2 run to get within seven, 91-84, capped by an Odom inside bucket and ensuing foul shot. Odom posted nine points during the burst.
But that was as close as the Lakers would get, as the visitors scored 12 of the final 19 points to hold on for the victory.
Tomjanovich took over as the 20th coach in franchise history last July after Phil Jackson left the team following the Lakers loss in the finals to the Detroit Pistons...The Lakers are still without star guard Kobe Bryant, who on Thursday was selected to start in the upcoming All-Star Game. However, his sprained ankle is not expected to be healed in time to compete in the East vs. West classic...San Antonio has won eight of its last nine overall and has captured all three meetings versus the Lakers this season...The Spurs have also won three straight on the road against the Lakers.
02/04 02:01:14 ET