The Lakers cruised to their fourth consecutive double-digit victory, beating the San Antonio Spurs by 99-85 today at Staples Center. They won easily because they played a superb second half, holding the Spurs to a meager 40 points on 34.1 percent shooting.
Kobe Bryant had 22 points, Trevor Ariza had 17, Pau Gasol scored 16, Andrew Bynum had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Farmar had 14 points. Tony Parker had 19 points to lead the Spurs, and Tim Duncan added 15. They were the only Spurs in double figures.
“Well, they went flat in the second half,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said of the Spurs. “I’m not going to credit our defense. We did OK.”