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Spurs whip struggling Lakers

By Associated Press

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SAN ANTONIO » Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were on the bench before the final horn, and not because of their bad shooting nights. That's how easy it was for the San Antonio Spurs.

On the other end, Kobe Bryant was also out of the game early. That's how bad it's getting for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tony Parker scored 23 points and the Spurs, backing up their NBA-best record against the defending champions, beat a still-frustrated Bryant and the reeling Lakers 97-82 last night.

"It's always great to beat the champion," Ginobili said.

The Spurs improved to 27-4, and if there are any doubts about that record being inflated, they can likely put those to rest this week. Next up is Dallas, one of the only teams to beat them this season, followed by games against Oklahoma City, New York and Boston.

The Lakers, meanwhile, can't seem to beat anyone.

It was another humiliation for the Lakers, who lost a week ago by 19 at home to lowly Milwaukee. That was followed by letting LeBron James and the Miami Heat leave the Staples Center with another easy victory on Christmas Day, in one of the highest-rated televised NBA games in recent years.

Bryant railed on his team's lack of focus following the Heat loss, but had a more quiet disappointment after the Spurs became the third straight team to crush the Lakers.

Bryant had 21 points on 8-for-27 shooting, at one point missing 13 shots in a row. He answered questions in clipped sentences before saying he was confident the Lakers can steer out of their stunning tailspin.

"I'm just (mad) at myself," Bryant said. "(Mad) I didn't play well."

He wasn't the only one on the Lakers. Bryant alluded to Derek Fisher's technical foul, after getting into a confrontation with Richard Jefferson, about the attitude throughout the team.

The Lakers dropped to 21-10, marking the first time since 2007 they've reached 10 losses this early.

"We're all moody," Bryant said. "Fish got a tech today and he's the basketball version of Barack Obama. Everybody's a little moody right now."

DeJuan Blair had 17 points and 15 rebounds, leading an unlikely Spurs cast that buried the Lakers in the fourth. Jefferson scored 17 points and George Hill had 10 while the Spurs coasted toward the end, almost remarkably, while Duncan and Ginobili were reduced to nonfactors on offense.

Duncan was 1-for-7 from the field and had two points. Ginobili finished only 3-for-12 with nine points.

"It means Tony Parker was amazing tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum had 10 points apiece for the Lakers. When the buzzer sounded, Bryant was the first off the bench and headed back to the locker room.

It's only December, but Bryant hasn't treated the slump as a mere blip.

After James and Dwyane Wade coasted to a 14-point win in Los Angeles on Saturday, Bryant seethed over a second straight home loss. He said it was as though the games "mean more to our opponents than they do us" and grumbled over the focus of the two-time defending champs.

Bryant came out like he was trying to set an example. He scored eight of the Lakers' first 10 points—all within the first 3 minutes—and attempted 10 shots in the first quarter alone.

Covered by Hill in the second quarter, Bryant drew his third technical foul in three games when the two confronted each other under the basket. They continued talking back to the other end of the court.

"I just wanted him to know that you might be an NBA All-Star and the MVP, but I won't back down from anybody," Hill said.

For all that intensity, Bryant had a miserable night.

After making four of his first five shots, Bryant missed 13 shots in a row and turned the ball over four times. The slump finally ended with 4:44 left in the third quarter on a wide-open 3-pointer.

Heat 106, Knicks 98

Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 40 points, LeBron James and Chris Bosh each finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Miami held off a big fourth-quarter rally to beat visiting New York.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Miami, which is 15-1 in its last 16 games and has beaten the Knicks seven straight times.

Amare Stoudemire scored 30 points for the Knicks, who were outrebounded 50-32. Wilson Chandler added 21 and Raymond Felton scored 15.

Magic 110, Cavaliers 95

Gilbert Arenas scored 22 points, fellow newcomer Jason Richardson added 20, and Orlando made a season-high 19 3-pointers in a victory over host Cleveland.

Orlando won its fourth straight by breaking open a close game in the fourth quarter with leading scorer Dwight Howard on the bench. Howard went out with his fourth foul late in the third period and didn't play in the fourth as the Magic extended a one-point lead to 102-85 with 4:23 to play.

Celtics 95, Pacers 83

Paul Pierce scored 21 points and Ray Allen added 17 to help Boston hand Indiana its second straight home loss.

Boston point guard Rajon Rondo missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle. The Celtics improved to 4-1 without him and maintained the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics were coming off an 86-78 loss at Orlando on Christmas that ended a 14-game winning streak.

Bulls 90, Bucks 77

Carlos Boozer had 24 points and nine rebounds, Luol Deng scored 24 points, and Chicago beat visiting Milwaukee.

Derrick Rose had 18 points, 12 assists and six assists for Chicago, which has won 11 of its last 13 games.

Raptors 84, Mavericks 76

Rookie Ed Davis scored a career-high 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Linas Kleiza and DeMar DeRozan added 16 points apiece, and short-handed Toronto upset host Dallas.

The Raptors were missing several key players, but took advantage of the injury absence of Dallas' top scorer, Dirk Nowitzki.

Jason Terry scored 18 points and Caron Butler 15 for the Mavericks, who had won 17 of their previous 18.

Nuggets 95, Trail Blazers 77

Chauncey Billups scored 18 points and short-handed Denver snapped a season-high, three-game losing streak by beating visiting Portland.

J.R. Smith and Nene added 17 points apiece for the Nuggets, who were without forward Carmelo Anthony for a fourth consecutive game following the death of his sister. The Nuggets, who next play at Minnesota on Wednesday, said in a statement that Anthony is expected to rejoin the team on Thursday.

 

Magic 110, Cavaliers 95

ORLANDO

Turkoglu 3-8 1-1 9, Bass 1-4 0-0 2, Howard 4-8 4-6 12, Nelson 4-11 2-3 13, J.Richardson 8-13 0-0 20, Anderson 2-3 0-0 6, Redick 4-7 3-4 14, Arenas 8-15 1-1 22, Clark 6-10 0-0 12. Totals 40-79 11-15 110.

CLEVELAND

Parker 3-11 0-0 8, Jamison 8-13 4-6 21, Varejao 4-9 6-6 14, M.Williams 5-11 3-3 14, Gibson 4-8 5-7 15, Hickson 4-9 1-7 9, Moon 1-3 0-0 2, Sessions 4-8 4-4 12, Hollins 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-72 23-33 95.

Orlando 30 30 15 35 -- 110
Cleveland 33 24 17 21 -- 95

3-Point Goals--Orlando 19-31 (Arenas 5-8, J.Richardson 4-6, Redick 3-3, Nelson 3-6, Anderson 2-3, Turkoglu 2-5), Cleveland 6-19 (Gibson 2-2, Parker 2-7, Jamison 1-3, M.Williams 1-6, Moon 0-1). Fouled Out--Gibson. Rebounds--Orlando 44 (Turkoglu, Arenas, Howard 6), Cleveland 48 (Varejao 9). Assists--Orlando 27 (Arenas 11), Cleveland 22 (M.Williams 8). Total Fouls--Orlando 25, Cleveland 19. Technicals--Orlando defensive three second, Gibson, Jamison. A--20,562 (20,562).

 

Celtics 95, Pacers 83

BOSTON

Pierce 8-14 2-2 21, Garnett 4-10 3-6 11, S.O'Neal 2-2 5-6 9, Robinson 3-8 1-2 8, Allen 7-11 1-1 17, Daniels 6-10 0-0 12, Davis 6-14 2-3 14, Bradley 0-2 1-2 1, J.O'Neal 0-0 0-0 0, Wafer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 37-73 15-22 95.

INDIANA

Granger 5-21 5-5 15, McRoberts 2-3 1-3 5, Hibbert 3-9 2-2 8, Collison 4-10 2-3 10, Rush 3-9 9-10 17, Dunleavy 4-6 0-0 9, Posey 3-5 0-0 8, S.Jones 0-3 0-0 0, Ford 2-3 0-0 4, D.Jones 0-3 0-0 0, Foster 3-6 1-2 7. Totals 29-78 20-25 83.

Boston 19 26 21 29 -- 95
Indiana 26 21 20 16 -- 83

3-Point Goals--Boston 6-11 (Pierce 3-3, Allen 2-4, Robinson 1-3, Wafer 0-1), Indiana 5-17 (Rush 2-3, Posey 2-4, Dunleavy 1-1, D.Jones 0-1, Collison 0-2, Granger 0-6). Fouled Out--S.O'Neal. Rebounds--Boston 48 (Garnett 13), Indiana 49 (Hibbert 8). Assists--Boston 18 (Pierce 7), Indiana 15 (Granger 4). Total Fouls--Boston 19, Indiana 24. Technicals--Boston defensive three second, Indiana Coach O'Brien. A--18,165 (18,165).

 

Heat 106, Knicks 98

NEW YORK

Chandler 9-15 3-4 21, Gallinari 5-12 2-2 13, Stoudemire 10-23 10-12 30, Felton 5-13 3-4 15, Fields 1-6 1-3 3, Williams 1-4 0-0 3, Douglas 3-9 2-3 11, Turiaf 0-0 2-4 2, Walker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-82 23-32 98.

MIAMI

James 8-17 1-3 18, Bosh 6-12 6-7 18, Ilgauskas 6-8 2-2 14, Arroyo 1-2 1-1 3, Wade 13-28 13-16 40, Anthony 1-2 0-0 2, Howard 1-3 0-0 2, Jones 0-3 4-5 4, Chalmers 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 38-79 27-34 106.

New York 18 22 25 33 -- 98
Miami 34 19 27 26 -- 106

3-Point Goals--New York 7-24 (Douglas 3-5, Felton 2-6, Williams 1-3, Gallinari 1-4, Chandler 0-1, Stoudemire 0-1, Fields 0-4), Miami 3-13 (James 1-2, Chalmers 1-2, Wade 1-7, Jones 0-2). Fouled Out--Chandler. Rebounds--New York 45 (Stoudemire, Fields 7), Miami 60 (Ilgauskas, Bosh, James 10). Assists--New York 14 (Felton 5), Miami 15 (James 8). Total Fouls--New York 22, Miami 20. Technicals--New York Coach D'Antoni, Stoudemire, Williams, New York defensive three second, Ilgauskas, Miami Coach Spoelstra, Wade. A--20,288 (19,600).

 

Bulls 90, Bucks 77

MILWAUKEE

Mbah a Moute 5-9 2-2 12, Ilyasova 4-13 2-2 10, Bogut 2-12 0-2 4, Dooling 4-9 2-2 11, Salmons 5-17 6-7 18, Sanders 0-2 0-0 0, Maggette 4-8 6-10 15, Douglas-Roberts 2-11 0-0 5, Brockman 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 27-84 18-25 77.

CHICAGO

Deng 9-15 5-6 24, Boozer 10-16 4-6 24, Thomas 1-4 0-0 2, Rose 7-17 1-1 18, Bogans 1-4 0-0 3, Gibson 0-5 0-0 0, Brewer 2-3 0-0 4, Asik 0-0 1-2 1, Korver 3-8 0-0 7, Watson 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 36-76 12-16 90.

Milwaukee 15 30 17 15 -- 77
Chicago 27 17 23 23 -- 90

3-Point Goals--Milwaukee 5-14 (Salmons 2-5, Dooling 1-2, Douglas-Roberts 1-2, Maggette 1-2, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Ilyasova 0-2), Chicago 6-15 (Rose 3-4, Bogans 1-3, Deng 1-4, Korver 1-4). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Milwaukee 61 (Bogut 16), Chicago 47 (Boozer 9). Assists--Milwaukee 11 (Dooling 6), Chicago 24 (Rose 12). Total Fouls--Milwaukee 15, Chicago 21. Technicals--Milwaukee defensive three second. A--22,091 (20,917).

 

Spurs 97, Lakers 82

L.A. LAKERS

Odom 3-9 2-2 9, Artest 4-9 0-0 10, Gasol 3-8 3-3 9, Fisher 1-4 0-0 2, Bryant 8-27 2-2 21, Bynum 4-4 2-8 10, Blake 1-5 0-0 2, Brown 1-11 2-2 5, Barnes 3-4 2-2 9, Caracter 1-1 3-3 5. Totals 29-82 16-22 82.

SAN ANTONIO

Jefferson 6-14 1-2 15, Duncan 1-7 0-0 2, Blair 8-14 1-2 17, Parker 10-18 3-4 23, Ginobili 3-12 1-2 9, Bonner 3-4 0-0 8, Hill 2-5 6-7 10, Splitter 0-2 2-4 2, Neal 3-10 0-0 9, Udoka 1-1 0-0 2, Quinn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-87 14-21 97.

L.A. Lakers 18 26 18 20 -- 82
San Antonio 27 15 29 26 -- 97

3-Point Goals--L.A. Lakers 8-23 (Bryant 3-7, Artest 2-5, Barnes 1-1, Odom 1-2, Brown 1-5, Fisher 0-1, Blake 0-2), San Antonio 9-32 (Neal 3-9, Bonner 2-3, Ginobili 2-7, Jefferson 2-8, Duncan 0-1, Hill 0-2, Parker 0-2). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--L.A. Lakers 59 (Brown 11), San Antonio 57 (Blair 15). Assists--L.A. Lakers 15 (Gasol 5), San Antonio 20 (Ginobili 6). Total Fouls--L.A. Lakers 19, San Antonio 23. Technicals--Bryant, Fisher, Hill. A--18,581 (18,797).

 

Raptors 84, Mavericks 76

TORONTO

Kleiza 7-14 0-0 16, Johnson 4-8 4-5 12, Dorsey 2-2 3-4 7, Bayless 2-10 0-0 4, DeRozan 7-13 2-3 16, Davis 6-8 5-8 17, Barbosa 5-12 2-2 12, Wright 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-69 16-22 84.

DALLAS

Butler 7-16 1-2 15, Marion 5-10 2-3 12, Chandler 1-1 1-1 3, Kidd 3-11 1-1 7, Stevenson 1-5 0-0 2, Terry 8-19 0-1 18, Haywood 0-0 2-2 2, Cardinal 2-4 2-2 8, Barea 3-8 0-0 7, Mahinmi 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 31-75 9-12 76.

Toronto 23 23 18 20 -- 84
Dallas 13 27 19 17 -- 76

3-Point Goals--Toronto 2-10 (Kleiza 2-6, Bayless 0-2, Barbosa 0-2), Dallas 5-22 (Cardinal 2-4, Terry 2-8, Barea 1-3, Kidd 0-2, Butler 0-2, Stevenson 0-3). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Toronto 50 (Davis 12), Dallas 39 (Cardinal 7). Assists--Toronto 20 (Bayless 8), Dallas 19 (Terry 6). Total Fouls--Toronto 14, Dallas 17. Technicals--Dorsey, Kleiza 2, Chandler, Dallas defensive three second. Ejected--Kleiza. A--20,027 (19,200).

 

Nuggets 95, Trail Blazers 77

PORTLAND

Batum 6-11 1-2 14, Cunningham 3-9 0-0 6, Aldridge 9-17 0-0 18, Miller 4-11 1-1 9, Matthews 1-8 3-3 6, Marks 2-3 0-0 5, Fernandez 3-7 2-2 11, Mills 1-4 0-0 2, Johnson 2-7 0-0 4, Babbitt 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 32-80 7-8 77.

DENVER

Smith 6-15 2-4 17, Martin 5-5 0-0 10, Nene 6-7 5-6 17, Billups 7-11 2-2 18, Afflalo 5-12 4-4 15, Andersen 2-5 4-4 8, Lawson 1-7 0-0 2, Forbes 2-10 4-6 8, S.Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Ely 0-1 0-0 0, Balkman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-75 21-26 95.

Portland 21 20 17 19 -- 77
Denver 25 23 30 17 -- 95

3-Point Goals--Portland 6-13 (Fernandez 3-4, Marks 1-1, Matthews 1-2, Batum 1-4, Mills 0-2), Denver 6-16 (Smith 3-6, Billups 2-3, Afflalo 1-4, Lawson 0-1, Forbes 0-2). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Portland 41 (Aldridge 13), Denver 54 (Andersen 12). Assists--Portland 17 (Miller 5), Denver 22 (Billups 9). Total Fouls--Portland 20, Denver 15. Technicals--Denver defensive three second 2. A--17,388 (19,155).

 

NBA Leaders

Through Dec. 27

Scoring

  G FG FT PTS AVG
Durant, OKC 28 254 235 788 28.1
Stoudemire, NYK 30 298 183 785 26.2
Ellis, GOL 30 293 143 777 25.9
Bryant, LAL 30 261 198 762 25.4
James, MIA 32 265 217 792 24.8
Rose, CHI 28 261 112 679 24.3
Nowitzki, DAL 29 260 153 700 24.1
Anthony, DEN 24 200 161 576 24.0

 

Rebounds

  G OFF DEF TOT AVG
Love, MIN 32 156 341 497 15.5
Howard, ORL 29 95 285 380 13.1
Griffin, LAC 32 121 277 398 12.4
Randolph, MEM 27 113 222 335 12.4
Gasol, LAL 30 109 222 331 11.0
Camby, POR 29 95 222 317 10.9

 

Assists

  G AST AVG
Rondo, BOS 20 275 13.8
Nash, PHX 27 288 10.7
Paul, NOR 31 306 9.9
Williams, UTA 31 295 9.5
Felton, NYK 30 275 9.2
Kidd, DAL 29 256 8.8
Wall, WAS 17 143 8.4

 

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Atlantic W L Pct GB
Boston 24 5 .828 --
New York 18 13 .581 7
Philadelphia 12 19 .387 13
Toronto 11 20 .355 14
New Jersey 9 22 .290 16
Southeast W L Pct GB
Miami 24 9 .727 --
Orlando 20 12 .625 3 1/2
Atlanta 20 13 .606 4
Charlotte 10 19 .345 12
Washington 7 22 .241 15
Central W L Pct GB
Chicago 20 10 .667 --
Indiana 13 16 .448 6 1/2
Milwaukee 12 18 .400 8
Detroit 10 21 .323 10 1/2
Cleveland 8 23 .258 12 1/2

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Southwest W L Pct GB
San Antonio 27 4 .871 --
Dallas 24 6 .800 2 1/2
New Orleans 18 13 .581 9
Houston 15 15 .500 11 1/2
Memphis 14 17 .452 13
Northwest W L Pct GB
Utah 21 10 .677 --
Oklahoma City 21 11 .656 1/2
Denver 17 13 .567 3 1/2
Portland 16 16 .500 5 1/2
Minnesota 8 24 .250 13 1/2
Pacific W L Pct GB
L.A. Lakers 21 10 .677 --
Phoenix 13 16 .448 7
Golden State 12 18 .400 8 1/2
L.A. Clippers 10 22 .313 11 1/2
Sacramento 5 23 .179 14 1/2

 

Yesterday
Orlando 110, Cleveland 95
Boston 95, Indiana 83
Miami 106, New York 98
Chicago 90, Milwaukee 77
Toronto 84, Dallas 76
San Antonio 97, L.A. Lakers 82
Denver 95, Portland 77

Today
Golden State at Atlanta, 2 p.m.
Cleveland at Charlotte, 2 p.m.
Indiana at Washington, 2 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 2:30 p.m.
Denver at Minnesota, 3 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 3 p.m.
New Jersey at Oklahoma City, 3 p.m.
Miami at Houston, 3:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Phoenix, 4 p.m.
Memphis at Sacramento, 5 p.m.
Utah at L.A. Clippers, 5:30 p.m.






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