Spurs get revenge, destroy Lakers

The San Antonio Spurs came to play Tuesday night with a chip on their shoulder stemming from last week’s 14-point loss to the Lakers, which was a lot worse than the final score indicated. And play they did.

Point guard Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs, scoring 29 points on 14-20 shooting with 13 assists to lead San Antonio to a 112-91 win over Los Angeles at Staples Center.

“It went as well for us as it did for them in San Antonio when they destroyed us,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. ”The Lakers had the kind of night we had back home when they destroyed us. So we had a good night, and we still caught a break: I looked hard, but I didn’t see Kobe anywhere. I think that helped us a little bit.”

The win placed the Spurs one-half game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder for first place in the Western Conference standings, while putting the Lakers only one-half game in front of the rival Los Angeles Clippers for the third seed in the West.

Lakers center Andrew Bynum led the team with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while power forward Pau Gasol finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. But it was not enough.

The Spurs’ 18-0 run after being down 51-49 with a little under 6 minutes to go put the Spurs up by 16 and virtually ended the game right there.

“The way they closed that second quarter helped them get the necessary lead to go ahead and put the game away,” Lakers head coach Mike Brown said.

The Lakers look to rebound and retain their placement in the standings on Wednesday versus Golden State on the road, while the Spurs play Sacramento, also on the road. The two teams meet again Friday night in San Antonio.

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