LOS ANGELES, April 4 (Ticker) -- In their own subtle, business-like way, the San Antonio Spurs reminded the Los Angeles Lakers - and everyone else - that they are the NBA champions.

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Tony Parker scored 29 points as the Spurs ended the 11-game winning streak of the Lakers and continued their own late-season push with a methodical 95-89 victory.

"They've been playing better than any other team in the league, and for us to come in here and win means we're getting better," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We still have a ways to go. But at least we can feel comfortable in the sense that we are getting better and that we're in the hunt. It was a great win."

"They are defending champions until someone beats them," admitted Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

While the Spurs have operated beneath the radar, the Lakers have been the talk of the NBA virtually all season, with a lineup of four future Hall of Famers and what seemed to be a weekly issue involving at least one of them.

Over the last three weeks, all four superstars have been healthy, allowing the Lakers to put together their longest winning streak of the season. Some said they had become unbeatable and were tuning up for another championship.

But it was the Spurs who ended the three-year title run of the Lakers last spring and it was the Spurs again stopping the Lakers cold, controlling the last three quarters of the nationally televised game.

"It's always been like that. We are not paying attention to that," Parker said. "I think it is normal that we talk about them. But it's OK. We'll be there for the playoffs. Because we're San Antonio, we are a small city, so they don't talk much about us."

"You don't have to talk about us," said swingman Bruce Bowen, who had his usual stellar defensive game. "We're just vanilla, whereas the Lakers are Chunky Monkey, or something like that."

The key was Parker, the French point guard who ran the pick-and-roll with superstar Tim Duncan to perfection. He repeatedly got inside LA's defense for easy shots for himself or teammates, collecting nine assists.

The Spurs exploited Lakers superstar center Shaquille O'Neal, who is reluctant to move his feet against the pick-and-roll. When O'Neal came out, Parker went past him. When O'Neal dropped back, Parker found Tim Duncan for jumpers.

"It may have been the pick-and-rolls," Parker said. "With Timmy and Kevin Willis, we did a pretty good job with the pick-and-rolls. I was pretty open. I knew if I made a couple of shots on the outside it would open it up for Timmy."

"Today we just weren't rotating quick enough, and they hit some big shots on us," O'Neal said. "And Tony Parker played good. He had his way with us. So we have to figure out how we're going to play this team."

Duncan had 18 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for San Antonio (52-25), which has won six in a row. The Spurs are one game behind Los Angeles (53-24) in the Western Conference and 1 1/2 behind Minnesota (54-24) in the Midwest Division.

"We need to try and win all the games left and see what happens," Parker said. "We're confident we can win on the road. So it doesn't matter if we get the top seed or not. It is great to have that home-court advantage, but if (we) don't have it, we can win on the road."

Bryant scored 28 points, Gary Payton added 21, O'Neal 17 and Karl Malone12. But the four superstars were the only players in double figures for the Lakers, who never led in the second half.

"I never felt that we had the kind of energy in the game that I like to have," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "It felt like the direction or tempo that controlled the game was all Spur ball."

Parker did that at the end of the first half. With O'Neal off the floor with foul trouble, he scored the first seven points in a 9-0 run that gave the Spurs a 53-42 lead.

In the third quarter, LA surged into a 56-56 tie before San Antonio took the lead for good as Duncan hit three straight jumpers off the pick-and-roll, helping open a 69-62 lead.

"We're moving the ball really well, running the offense real well, running pick-and-rolls with Tony, so we're just finding different ways to attack people," Duncan said.

The Lakers had just one basket in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and their frustration showed as Malone was whistled for a technical foul. Three free throws by Manu Ginobili gave the Spurs their largest lead at 84-70 with 6:19 to go.

Two foul shots and a drive by Parker stemmed a surge by the Lakers and made it 88-80 with 4:14 left. The Lakers got within 88-84 with 3:02 remaining, but Duncan drilled an 18-footer, then whipped a lefthanded pass to Parker for a 3-pointer that sealed it.

Bowen scored 12 points and limited Bryant to 9-of-26 shooting for the Spurs, who had lost the first three meetings between the teams. However, all three came in the first six weeks of the season, and Duncan missed two with an injury.

"They were playing with a lot of confidence and we came here and we did a great job and beat them," said Ginobili, who scored 12 points. "They were really rolling and playing very well, beating everybody. It was very important for us to get a win here."