Inactives for Tonight’s Game:
Spurs: Robert Horry, Ian Mahinmi, Brent Barry
Lakers: Trevor Ariza, Coby Karl, Andrew Bynum
9:39 Lamar Odom finally scores the first points of the game for the Lakers, hitting two free throws after being fouled by Oberto. Prior to the makes, the Spurs had opened the game on a 7-0 run, capped by a jumper in the lane from Parker. It’s only been a little over two minutes, but it looks like the Lakers might be a little groggy considering the early start time and their emotional win over New Orleans on Friday.
9:12 Oberto picks up his second foul already, sending veteran Kurt Thomas into the Spurs’ lineup.
8:38 One minute after picking up the Lakers’ first points of the game, Odom connects on the Lakers’ first field goal of the game–an uncontested dunk for his team-leading fourth point of the night. So far, it looks like Popovic is matching Thomas up against Odom–a matchup the Lakers would be wise to take advantage of.
5:39 For a two-minute stretch, it looked like the Lakers had finally spring to life, but they looked lifeless on defense on the past two Spurs possessions, with San Antonio taking a 14-9 lead. Meanwhile, Kobe has yet to score his first field goal while the team is only shooting 3-10.
3:21 Gasol steals the ball from Thomas and runs the length of the court for a towering dunk that ignites the sold-out STAPLES Center crowd. Gasol leads the team with six points with three minutes remaining in the quarter. Pau also has three rebounds to lead the team in that category as well.
2:14 Turiaf, Farmar and Vujacic enter the game for the Lakers.
1:30 Kobe connects on a three pointer to give the Lakers their first lead of the day. With the make, Bryant also takes over the team scoring lead, notching his eighth point to go along with two assists and two turnovers.
12:00 Oberto comes back sporting two fouls along with Jacque Vaughn and Damon Stoudamire for the Spurs. Walton enters for the Lakers to go along with Vujacic, Farmar, Odom, and Turiaf.
10:44 Phil Jackson calls a timeout with the Lakers sporting a 27-26 lead. Udoka just drained an open three and Jackson has seen enough of the open looks and poor rotations.
9:02 Farmar draws the third personal on Oberto forcing the Spurs to bring Tim Duncan back in the game to deal with the Lakers front line of Turiaf and Odom.
7:57 San Antonio continues to go with Michael Finley on Lamar Odom and for the first time the Lakers try to exploit the mismatch by finding Lamar on the block and clearing out that side for him. Finley has no choice but to foul. Lamar makes both to tie the game at 35. Kobe checks back in which sends Bowen back in as well.
7:20 Turiaf has been struggling inside of late and occasionally on the defensive end, but today he’s made two shots from the mid-range and just dumped off a great pass to Lamar for an easy two. Gasol sits at the scorers table ready to check in on the next dead ball.
5:21 Kobe sends the game to a timeout with his second tree-pointer of the day, giving the home team a 44-41 lead mid-way through the second frame. The starting unit returns to finish off the half with Luke in place of Lamar.
2:42 The third missed dunk of the day somehow finds it’s way out to a wide open Luke Walton who makes the three to push the lead to six-points at 47-41.
The teams head into the locker rooms tied up after both shot over 50% through the first half.The Lakers are making the opposing team’s point guard look like an all-star, which can be expected pretty much anytime the ball goes up, at least today he’s actually an all-star. Parker has killed them for 18 points on 7/11 shooting even though the Spurs big men have been in foul trouble from the outset.
8:39 Fisher nails a three pointer for his ninth point of the day, giving the Lakers a 59-55 advantage three and a half minutes into the second half. Already, the purple and gold have started the second frame with much more energy then they had to open the game, exhibiting a high activity level on both ends of the floor.
7:23 Standing ovation for the Lakers after a tremendous pass from Fisher finds Gasol wide open underneath the basket. The Spaniard has 10 points on the day, third on the team to Kobe and Lamar’s 13. L.A. has pushed their lead to 61-55.
5:52 Fisher is impacting the game on both ends of the floor, coming up with a big steal two plays ago and now nailing a three before taking a heat check jumper on the Lakers’ next possession that ups his total on the game to 14.
3:18 Kobe dishes the ball deep into the lane to Gasol who lobs it gently into the basket for his fourteenth point of the night. Meanwhile, the Lakers have opened up a nine point lead at 72-63, using a flurry of defensive stops to break open what was a close game.
2:56 Walton and Farmar return to the floor for the Lakers with Bruce Bowen heading to the line for three free throws.
2:32 After a quiet stretch, Kobe backs down Udoka with ease for his fifteenth point of the night. On the Lakers’ next possession, Bryant drives deep into the lane before drawing the foul on Tim Duncan. #24 makes both free throws to give the Lakers their largest lead of the night, 76-64.
1:24 Sasha replaces Lamar for the final minute of the quarter.
0.01 Pau throws the ball from the sidelines to halfcourt where Kobe adeptly grabs it and launches a three at the buzzer that reclaims the twelve point lead for the Lakers heading into the fourth quarter.
11:14 Ronny continues his outstanding shooting from mid-range, connecting on his third jumper from about 14 feet out tonight. The make gives the Lakers their largest lead of the night, 81-67. Turiaf is getting it done on both ends of the floor, swatting away the ensuing Spurs attempt. With only one personal foul, Ronny has plenty of room to exert himself on the defensive end.
8:22 After two free throws by Odom, Turiaf nails another jumper to reclaim the Lakers’ game-high 16 point lead after the Spurs had made consecutive shots to bring the deficit down to just 12.
7:25 The Lakers’ bench is really getting it done in the second half after the Spurs’ bench played well in the first half. This time, it’s Farmar who drives deep into the lane and makes the reverse layup for his eighth point of the night.
5:09 Farmar to Turiaf connect again, with the guard lobbing the ball to a high-flying Ronny who grabs it and slams it home to give the Lakers a commanding 95-71 lead, igniting a raucous standing ovation from an appreciative STAPLES Center crowd. The Lakers forward has 10 points on the afternoon.
4:26 Newble gets some rare action for the Lakers, replacing Lamar who receives a standing o’ on his way out.
2:03 The Lakers call timeout after a series of sloppy plays has reduced their still-commanding lead to 20, 98-78. Mbenga checks into the game for the first time tonight after the timeout, replacing an extremely productive Turiaf.
FINAL SCORE:Spurs 82, Lakers 106