LA Lakers 105, beaten by San Antonio, 108

SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) – Tony Parker scored 24 points and led five teammates into double figures as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 108-105.

Kobe Bryant came alive in the second half to lead a strong rally from the

Los Angeles (15-20), which shot 29-percent on 8-of-27 from three-pointers, has now dropped five straight.

“We have lost five games in a row, [so] it is pretty self-explanatory,” LA Lakers star guard Bryant said. “We played very hard and I think we figured a few things out.

“[Earl Clark] sits right next to me on plane rides, so I talk to him and he always tells me that he is ready to play. He played phenomenal against a heck of a team, so I was very impressed.”

But despite the impressive outings from Clark and another Bryant late shooting hot streak, the Lakers were on unable to totally overcome a 17 point deficit and dropped to another hurting defeat.

San Antonio shot 48-percent from three-point range and coach Gregg Popovich’s team used that range to fend off every rally the LA Lakers made.

Manu Ginobili had 19 points and eight rebounds, Tiago Splitter added 14 points and 14 boards, and Stephen Jackson finished with 14 points in the win for the Spurs (28-10).

“I thought we were really raggedy on offense, to the point that I didn’t know who was out on the court,” Popovich said.

“I didn’t recognize that basketball team. Not sharing the ball the way we should. Taking bad shots. No pace. It was really tough to watch.”

Steve Nash collected 14 points and nine assists for the LA Lakers, who were playing their second-straight game without Dwight Howard (shoulder), Pau Gasol (concussion) and Jordan Hill (hip, back).

Los Angeles difficult schedule continues on Friday when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on their demanding road trip.

San Antonio 108, LA Lakers 105

Date: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Place: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Officials: #56 Mark Ayotte, #55 Bill Kennedy, #29 Mark Lindsay
Attendance: 18581

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