Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/29

Game 1: Tuesday, November 29th
Game 2: Monday, March 6th
Game 3: Friday, March 10th
Game 4: Thursday, March 30th

Spurs 103

(47-12, 21-9 away)

Lakers 96

(31-30, 17-12 home)

Coverage: KRRT

7:30 PM ET, March 6, 2006

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
SA 21 22 36 24103
LAL 27 18 19 3296

Top Performers

SA: T. Duncan 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

LAL: K. Bryant 43 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast

Spurs' balance knocks Lakers off their feet

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gregg Popovich enjoyed the show, especially watching Michael Finley and Tony Parker match shots with Kobe Bryant down the stretch.

"It was a very entertaining game for the fans," the San Antonio coach said following the Spurs' 103-96 victory Monday night over the Lakers.

"And yes, I enjoyed Kobe at the end there as well as the fans. Tony Parker and Michael Finley made shots each time Kobe did. It was nice to see."

Bryant made three shots from behind the arc and scored 17 of his 43 points with the Lakers trying to play catch-up in the fourth quarter, but Finley responded with four 3-pointers and had 14 points in the period to help the Spurs win their seventh straight. Parker added eight points in the quarter.

San Antonio scored 36 points on 12-for-23 shooting from beyond the arc, with Finley and Manu Ginobili both going 5-for-6 and scoring 21 points. Parker also had 21 points and added eight assists.

Tim Duncan had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds when he left with 5:45 remaining after the Lakers' Smush Parker poked him in the right eye reaching for the ball.

Although his eye was bloodshot, Duncan said he didn't expect to miss Tuesday night's game against the Clippers.

"There was a little pain for a while and it got a little inflamed for a while, but it's fine," he said. "As of right now, I'm seeing as well as I ever did, so I'll be fine. Those things happen."

Said Parker: "It was a loose ball, I was coming around the blind side and I thought I had a steal. But he just ran right into my swipe and I think I raked him across the face. I kind of poked him in the eye."

Ginobili hit four 3-pointers to help the Spurs take control with a 21-4 run in the first five minutes of the third quarter on the way to their seventh win in a row over the Lakers, the defending NBA champions' longest victory streak in the series.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson had said before the game: "For their team, it's just a dance, these 82 games before the playoffs. For us, it's the Bataan (Death) March."

Bryant said the Spurs played their game against the Lakers.

"That is experience and age. That is being veterans and knowing what they need to do within their system to maximize the whole thing," Bryant said. "They have guys over there who are extremely talented.

"Their spacing was excellent and they knocked down 3-pointer after 3-pointer."

Lamar Odom had 13 points and seven rebounds, but he and Bryant were the only scorers in double figures for Los Angeles.

San Antonio trailed by two at halftime, but took command with the third-quarter burst. Ginobili was good on all four of his shots from 3-point range, including three in a row during a 61-second span to build the 15-point pad.

The Spurs were up 79-64 heading into the fourth quarter and the Lakers closed within seven points in the closing moments of the game.

Game notes

Los Angeles signed free agent swingman Jim Jackson on Monday and waived F Slava Medvedenko. "It's a great opportunity for me to help a young team teetering right on the cusp of staying in that eighth position and being able to take it to the next step," Jackson said. "It's also an opportunity for me to come in and play some good minutes. I've got a lot left." The 35-year-old Jackson was waived by Phoenix Suns on Wednesday and has career averages of 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 872 games.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 103 96
FGM-FGA 43-82 (.524) 39-83 (.470)
3PM-3PA 12-23 (.522) 6-18 (.333)
FTM-FTA 5-7 (.714) 12-14 (.857)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-30 15-39
Assists 29 19
Turnovers 14 15
Steals 8 8
Blocks 2 4
Fast Break Points 4 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 11 (0/1)
Largest Lead 18 8

Top Performers

San Antonio
Los Angeles
Tim Duncan Duncan
Points: 18
Reb: 7
Ast: 9
Stl: 2
Blk: 1
Kobe Bryant Bryant
Points: 43
Reb: 6
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 0