Lakers get dumped by the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs 100, Lakers 81 (final)
The Lakers are still trying to catch that momentum they want heading into the playoffs. Right now, it is eluding the Lakers.
The San Antonio Spurs added to the Lakers' misery on Sunday, beating L.A., 100-81, at Staples Center. The Lakers now have lost three of their last four games, four of six.
They have five regular-season games left before the playoffs start after next weekend. One of those remaining games will be Thursday at Denver.
The Lakers just defeated the Spurs two weeks ago in San Antonio, but it was a different story this time.
They never got a handle on Manu Ginobili, who hit the Lakers for 32 points and five assists.
They never were able to contain Tim Duncan, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds.
They didn't keep their composure, getting technical fouls called on Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest and Lamar Odom.
They settled for too many three-pointers, going five for 21 (23.8%) from the field.
Bryant had 22 points, but he was just eight for 24 from the field.
Pau Gasol had 32 points.
The Lakers trailed by as much as 59-44 early in the third quarter.
Later in the fourth quarter, the Lakers went down by 15 points again, this time at 87-72 after Ginobili made a three-pointer.
-- Broderick Turner
Photo: Lakers point guard Derek Fisher restrains guard Kobe Bryant, who argues with referee Bennett Salvatore after getting called for a technical foul in the second quarter Sunday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times