(SAN ANTONIO) — Kobe Bryant scored 18 points in his return for the Lakers (40-24) on Friday night but the San Antonio Spurs spoiled that effort with a 121-97 win over Los Angeles.
Tim Duncan scored 21 points in the win for the Spurs (46-16), followed by 20 apiece from Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker in their sixth straight win to remain a half game ahead of Oklahoma City for the No.1 seed in the West.
“We feel we’re healthy going into the playoffs, we love our chances,” said Duncan.
“They did a great job spacing the floor,” said Bryant who missed seven games with a bruised left shin. “As a result, our defense was always late. It was always playing catch up on possessions. They did a great job shooting the ball. They did a great job on close outs. They played extremely well.”
These two teams could meet again in the first round of the playoffs.
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Jill Martin, CNN