NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 12th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Lakers (29-8) at San Antonio Spurs (22-13), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Lakers will hit the road to Texas for a pair of games starting with tonight's battle against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
The Lakers will also visit the Dallas Mavericks and are 8-5 away from the City of Angels this season. They took two of three meetings from the Spurs a season ago and have won four of the last six matchups between the teams. LA, though, has dropped six of its last nine trips to the Alamo City.
Los Angeles put the brakes on a two-game slide with Sunday's 95-77 victory versus the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center, as Shannon Brown scored 15 of his season-high 19 points in the second half to lead the way despite a tough night from superstar Kobe Bryant. Bryant went 4-of-21 from the field and finished with 12 points, while Andrew Bynum had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Pacific Division-leading Lakers, who had a 61-43 advantage on the boards.
"We came out with a defensive mind and it worked out well for us tonight," Bynum said.
Lakers forward Pau Gasol (hamstring) is expected to miss Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury. Gasol has missed three games in a row.
San Antonio will close out a four-game homestand Tuesday and has won two of the first three legs of the residency, including Sunday's 97-85 victory versus the New Jersey Nets.
Manu Ginobili scored 21 points and Tim Duncan ended with 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Spurs, who bounced back from a nine-point home loss to Dallas on Friday. Ian Mahinmi tallied 15 points and nine boards in a winning effort.
"It's good that we won, took care of business, but it's a totally different story. We play the best team in the league," Ginobili said of the upcoming matchup with LA. "It's a great test."
The Spurs sports a solid 16-6 record in San Antonio this season.
01/12 10:52:23 ET