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San Antonio Spurs

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

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LAL 29 28 30 22 109
San Antonio Spurs

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Spurs Win 11th Straight, 125-109 over LA Lakers

By Greg Beacham on March 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tony Parker scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs pulled away from the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, winning 125-109 for their 11th consecutive victory.

Danny Green scored 16 points and Tim Duncan had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the NBA-leading Spurs, who haven't lost since Feb. 21 while winning 14 of 15.

With their seventh straight victory over the Lakers dating to last season's playoffs, the Spurs opened a 1 1/2-game lead over Indiana for the league's best record. San Antonio leads Oklahoma City by two games atop the Western Conference.

Pau Gasol had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Los Angeles. Xavier Henry scored 24 points in the Lakers' sixth loss in seven games.

Los Angeles has lost 20 of 26.

San Antonio held off a decent challenge from the miserable Lakers with strong shooting down the stretch and 14 second-half points from Leonard. Green and Manu Ginobili hit three 3-pointers apiece for the Spurs, who opened a three-game California road trip by calmly matching their longest winning streak of the season.

Kent Bazemore scored 13 points and hit three 3-pointers for the Lakers, who hadn't played since their 34-point loss at San Antonio five days earlier. That win was the biggest in this long-standing rivalry for the Spurs, who have followed up last spring's four-game playoff sweep of Los Angeles with three straight wins this season.

Kobe Bryant has played against the Spurs just four times in the clubs' last 12 meetings.
Green hit five of the Spurs' 13 3-pointers in last week's blowout, but the Lakers largely kept up with powerful San Antonio in the rematch. Los Angeles led for stretches of the third quarter before San Antonio scored 18 points in roughly 3 1/2 minutes with big baskets from Parker and Leonard.

San Antonio matched its largest lead of the night at 108-97 on Duncan's jumper with 6:03 left. Marco Belinelli and Parker contributed big shots down the stretch as the Spurs pulled away.

The Lakers yielded 100 points for the 12th consecutive game and gave up 110 for the seventh straight game. Los Angeles is the Western Conference's worst defensive team.
Robert Sacre had seven points and a career-high 11 rebounds for Los Angeles.

NOTES: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Baron Davis and new Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn attended the game. ... The Lakers will be without G Jordan Farmar for at least two weeks while he recovers from a moderate groin strain. Los Angeles still is without G Nick Young (sore left knee), F Jordan Hill (sore right knee) and G Steve Nash. ... The Spurs, who have no currently injured players, have missed 83 games due to injury this season. The Lakers have missed 260. ... San Antonio will attempt to sweep the clubs' season series when they meet in Texas on April 16 in both teams' regular-season finale.

Game Notes

2013-14 Season Series: The Lakers currently trail the season series to the Spurs 0-2 after
a home loss in the third game of the season and a defeat in their most recent meeting 3/14.

All-Time Series Notes: Los Angeles dropped the season series versus San Antonio 1-2 in
2011-12 and 2012-13 … The Lakers split the 2009-10 and 2010-11 season series with San
Antonio 2-2 and last took a series from the Spurs in 2008-09 (2-1) ... In their last 10 overall
regular season games, the Lakers are 3-7 against the Spurs ... At home, the Lakers are 5-5
in their last 10 regular season games against San Antonio ... Overall, the Lakers are 12-15
all-time against the Spurs at STAPLES Center during the regular season ... In San Antonio,
the Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 meetings with the Spurs ... In recent series history, back on
February 8, 2010, Pau Gasol helped defeat the Spurs with 21 points, 19 rebounds, 8 assists
and 5 blocks, marking just the 7th time a player has accomplished that feat (at least those
totals in each category in a single game) in league history ... In the postseason, the Lakers
and Spurs have met 12 times, with Los Angeles advancing on eight occasions, most recently
4-1 in the 2008 Western Conference Finals ... The Lakers fell 4-0 to the Spurs in the 2012-13

Connections: Spurs G Manu Ginobili played for Argentina in the 2012 London Olympics, facing Lakers G Kobe Bryant’s United States team in the semifinals. Team USA defeated Argentina in
that contest 109-83 and Bryant finished with 13 points (5-10 FG), four rebounds and two steals while Ginobili totaled 18 points (7-15 FG), two rebounds and three assists. The two also met in the
2008 Beijing Olympics but Ginobili suffered a foot injury while Bryant scored 12 points as the U.S. defeated then-defending champion Argentina 101-81 to advance to the gold medal game…
Lakers Head Coach Mike D’Antoni played two games for the Spurs in 1977-78 before beginning his career at Olimpia Milano...Spurs Assistant Coach Ime Udoka began his NBA career with the
Lakers, playing 4 games in 2003-04. Spurs F Boris Diaw played four seasons (2005-09) with Lakers G Steve Nash in Phoenix, posting career-highs in points (13.3), rebounds (6.9) and assists
(6.2) in his first season in Phoenix alongside Nash…Spurs G Marco Belinelli played with Lakers G Xavier Henry and C Chris Kaman on the New Orleans Hornets during the 2011-12 season...
Spurs F Austin Daye played with Lakers C Robert Sacre at Gonzaga for two seasons, from 2007 to 2009... Spurs G Danny Green and Lakers G Kendall Marshall played collegiately at the
University of North Carolina… Spurs F Jeff Ayres grew up in Southern California, attending Etiwanda H.S. in Rancho Cucamonga ... Spurs F Kawhi Leonard also grew up in Southern California,
attending Martin Luther King H.S. in Riverside … Spurs G Tony Parker and Lakers G Xavier Henry were both born in Belgium.

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Game Leaders

  LAL   SAS  
Xavier Henry
pts Tony Parker
Robert Sacre
reb Tim Duncan
Pau Gasol
ast Boris Diaw


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  LAL   SAS  
Kendall Marshall g Tony Parker
Jodie Meeks g Danny Green
Pau Gasol c Tiago Splitter
Wesley Johnson f Tim Duncan
Ryan Kelly f Kawhi Leonard

Injury Report - LAKERS

  • Kobe Bryant:
    (fractured left knee) is out
  • Steve Nash:
    (nerve root irritation) is out
  • Nick Young:
    (sore knee) is out
  • Jordan Hill:
    (knee) is out
  • Jordan Farmar:
    (groin) is out

Injury Report - SPURS

  • Danny Green:
    (elbow) is probable