LOS ANGELES, May 11 (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant's seemingly endless energy has the Los Angeles Lakers alive and well.

Bryant scored 42 points in another remarkable performance as the Lakers evened their Western Conference semifinal series at two games each with a convincing 98-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

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Kobe Bryant tore through the Spurs for a postseason-high 42 points.
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"I just wanted to come out and leave it all on the floor," said Bryant, who made 15-of-27 shots without a turnover. "I'll get plenty of rest tonight and tomorrow and just let it all hang out. I'm tired. ... I just feel numb right now. Just tired, just want to get some sleep."

Bryant spent a second straight day in a Colorado courtroom, after which he flew back to Los Angeles and arrived at STAPLES Center 2 1/2 hours before tip-off, grabbing a quick nap.

"I don't see how he does it," superstar teammate Shaquille O'Neal said. "He's a fabulous player, probably the best player that ever played the game. Especially with all the stuff he's been going through."

Showing no signs of fatigue, the superstar guard scored 18 points in the first half. However, his teammates seemed sluggish and found themselves in a 53-43 halftime hole.

"I felt pretty good at the start of the game," Bryant said. "(The energy) came in spurts as the game went along."

O'Neal came alive in the third quarter, scoring 14 of his 28 points as the Lakers took the lead for good. Bryant re-assumed command in the final period, when he scored 15 points on a variety of shots that seemed to demoralize the Spurs.

"I think what's outstanding is that he's able to be precise in his shooting and precise in his ballhandling and passing," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

"I guess the basket was real big for him tonight because almost every shot was a tough shot," said Spurs guard Bruce Bowen, who has had some success defending Bryant in the past. "And they went in. And there is nothing you can do about that. When a guy like Kobe is on like that, it is basically all you can do just to get a hand up when he shoots."

The Lakers had their epitaphs written after losing the first two games but found a way to slow down Tim Duncan and Tony Parker and have the momentum as the series returns to San Antonio for Thursday's pivotal fifth game.

In the third quarter, the Lakers outscored the Spurs, 31-16, to take control. They have won all four third periods by a combined 44 points.

"We came out with a fury in the second half that we hoped to exhibit in the first half," Jackson said.

Leading the way this time was O'Neal. His three-point play with 3:45 left capped a 17-6 surge and gave LA a 63-61 lead, its first since the opening period.

"We knew that if we came and made the same silly mistakes in the third quarter, we'd be down by 20 points or 25," O'Neal said. "We made a conscious effort to feed me the ball and a conscious effort to play good team ball."

San Antonio still was within 76-73 early in the fourth quarter before O'Neal made a layup and Bryant sank a 3-pointer and a tough reverse layup, pushing the lead to double digits with 8:10 to play.

The Spurs got no closer than six points as they were rebuffed by Bryant, who scored 10 of his team's last 11 points.

"He was taking some tough shots and making some tough shots," O'Neal said. "He amazed me tonight."

"He makes unbelievable shots but he's an unbelievable player," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Duncan had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists but was very quiet in the second half, going 13 minutes without a basket. Parker had 18 points and eight assists but was kept out of transition.

"We were doubling (Duncan) really, really quick and forcing him pass the ball to his teammates," O'Neal said. "In the first half, his teammates hit shots for him. In the third quarter, we had to back off a little, and then double him as soon as he got the ball."

The Spurs were sharp in the first quarter, making their first five 3-pointers as they built a 27-16 lead. Some hot shooting by Bryant cut the deficit to 41-40 before San Antonio closed the quarter with a 12-3 run.