Lakers vs. Spurs: Lakers pummel San Antonio, 99-83
Kobe Bryant had 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Pau Gasol had 21 points and Andrew Bynum continued his strong run on the boards, taking 17 rebounds for a second consecutive game.
Lamar Odom had 15 points and Shannon Brown had 12. Matt Barnes had five points and six rebounds in his first action since missing 26 games because of cartilage damage in his right knee.
Derek Fisher had eight points and three assists, playing despite a sprained right elbow.
The Lakers (45-19) won their seventh consecutive game and were all over the Spurs, holding them to 36% shooting and leading by as many as 32. The Spurs fell to 51-12, 29-3 at home.
Tim Duncan was a total non-factor, scoring two points on one-for-seven shooting. Only one Spurs starter scored in double figures, Tony Parker finishing with 14 points.
Lakers 81, Spurs 52 (end of third quarter)
The Lakers are 12 minutes away from their biggest victory of the season. Judging by the scoreboard, they'll get there without worry.
Kobe Bryant has 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Pau Gasol has 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. Andrew Bynum has four points and 15 rebounds.
The Lakers are thumping the Spurs in practically every category: rebounds (42-31), assists (19-11) and shooting percentage (48% to 34%) among others.
The Lakers are also getting production from their reserves, Lamar Odom scoring nine points and Shannon Brown adding eight.
Lakers 65, Spurs 37 (halftime)
The Lakers extended their stunningly large lead against the San Antonio Spurs, continuing to play their best game of the season against the team with the NBA's best record.
The Lakers held the Spurs to 34.8% shooting in the first half. The Lakers had assists on 16 of their 28 baskets.
Lakers 34, Spurs 13 (end of first quarter)
The Lakers unfurled their best quarter of the season in their biggest game to date.
Andrew Bynum was incredibly active, taking eight rebounds in nine minutes. Kobe Bryant had eight points, Pau Gasol had seven, and the Lakers held the Spurs to six-for-22 shooting (27.3%).
The Lakers received some good news an hour before the game, when Phil Jackson said Derek Fisher would play despite having his left elbow bent backward grotesquely by Charlotte center Kwame Brown on Friday.
Fisher had five points and an assist in the first quarter.
Matt Barnes checked into the game late in the first quarter, his first action since January. He had missed 26 games because of cartilage damage in his right knee.
The Lakers are beginning a four-game trip that will also take them through Atlanta, Miami and Dallas.
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pulls up for a jumper over Spurs guard George Hill on Sunday in San Antonio. Credit: Larry W. Smith / EPA