SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 26 points and nine assists, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-92 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Bruce Bowen went 6-of-6 from 3-point range for the Spurs and finished with 23 points. Manu Ginobili added 17 points.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 18 points, well below the 30.4 he was averaging before the game. Jordan Farmar added 16 and Lamar Odom had 12.
The Spurs finished 13-of-27 from beyond the arc and had the lead from midway through the second quarter.
The Lakers entered as the league’s second-highest scoring team, averaging better than 108 points. The Spurs and their league-leading defense had been holding opponents to just about 88.
Bryant heard plenty of boos from the crowd in the first half. He first stole the ball from Duncan following an inbounds pass in the opening quarter and took it to the basket for a tomahawk dunk to make it 11-9 Lakers, then blocked Duncan’s layup attempt midway through the second quarter.
But it was Parker’s 16 points and the Spurs’ six 3-pointers in the first half that gave them a 54-38 lead at the break.