TDIKH: December 13

Dec. 13, 2007

29 years, 112 days

Offensively, Kobe Bryant was left to carry the load against the defending champions, leading L.A. to a 102-97 victory over San Antonio by supplying 30 points.

Lamar Odom (15 points) was the only other Laker in double figures, but Bryant was all the purple and gold needed, as he shot 10-of-24 from the field and 9-of-10 at the line.

The Lakers opened the game a frigid 1-of-14, but they saved their shooting for the fourth quarter. After entering the final period tied, L.A. quickly went on a 23-9 run to take a double-digit lead.

With Tony Parker and Tim Duncan sidelined due to sprained ankles, the Spurs nonetheless held a 13-6 advantage in 3-pointers, and Bruce Bowen racked up 22 points (8-of-13).

But the Lakers nonetheless picked up their fourth consecutive win, as they gave up half of San Antonio’s 16 turnovers.

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