SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 20 (Ticker) -- Stephen Jackson
made eight straight
3-pointers and scored a career-high 28 points as the San Antonio
Spurs rallied for a 95-88 triumph over the sputtering Los
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Jackson missed his first 3-point attempt but made his next eight
shots from beyond the arc. The third-year forward eclipsed his
previous career high of 25 points set against Atlanta on
Dec. 26, 2000.
"I have a lot of confidence in my game and I just felt really
good tonight," Jackson said. "I never felt better, not in high
school, not on the playground, not ever. I have to thank my
teammates for getting me open looks."
Jackson kept the Spurs (8-4) in the game for the first three
quarters and Tim Duncan
stepped up when San Antonio needed it.
The Lakers held a 70-67 lead entering the fourth quarter, but
Duncan, who had just six points through three periods, scored
six of the Spurs' first eight points.
With Duncan and Jackson clicking, San Antonio opened the quarter
with a 22-8 run and coasted thereafter. Jackson capped the
spurt with a 3-pointer that made it 89-78 with 3:24 to go.
Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant
criticized his teammates following
a lackluster loss to Dallas on Tuesday. Again without star
center Shaquille O'Neal
, Los Angeles played hard but had little
chance when Duncan joined Jackson on the offensive end.
Bryant scored 25 points, 10 in the first quarter, but made just
"We did come out and play well, aggressively, played well
defensively and made some shots," said Bryant, who may get his
fellow superstar back by the weekend. "We just have to continue
getting better. I think with Shaq coming back, things will fall
The Lakers led, 74-71, early in the final quarter, but Duncan
had baskets just over a minute apart to give the Spurs the lead
for good. A basket by Slava Medvedenko
temporarily halted the
burst, but a 3-pointer by Jackson, a layup by rookie Emanuel
and a dunk by Duncan left San Antonio with an 82-76
The Lakers' Robert Horry
sank a 14-foot jumper with 6:48 to go,
but Jackson buried 3-pointers around a free throw by Duncan to
extend the advantage to 89-78.
Los Angeles looked like it was going to blow San Antonio out of
the SBC Center, bolting to a 16-5 lead. The Spurs battled back
and were within 35-35 midway through the second quarter.
A free throw by Kevin Willis
and a 3-pointer by Bruce Bowen
before the half gave San Antonio a 50-46 lead heading into the
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Tony Parker
and Steve Smith
the second half pushed the lead to double digits. Los Angeles
closed the third quarter with a 17-7 run and led 70-67 heading
into the final period.
Los Angeles' shooting woes continued as it made just 41 percent
(31-of-76). Without O'Neal, the Lakers were hammered on the
San Antonio made 12-of-22 from 3-point range.