LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17: Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers keeps the ball from Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs during the game at Staples Center on April 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Lakers Vs. Spurs: Kobe Bryant Watches As San Antonio Defeats LA

The Lakers lost to the Spurs for the first time in four games.

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Lakers Vs. Spurs: Lakers Burned By Red Hot Spurs 112-91

The Los Angeles Lakers were without Kobe Bryant's services once again but tonight they lost, for the first time since Bryant went out with a thigh injury, to the San Antonio Spurs with the final score 112-91. The Lakers went into halftime down big, and were unable to narrow the gap in the second half. Tony Parker led all scorers with 29 points.

The Lakers finished with 20 turnovers, 4 by Ramon Sessions. Mike Brown claimed the key to the game was all the unforced turnovers in the second quarter. Certainly the Lakers let the game slip at the point, which had been see-saw up until halftime. San Antonio outscored the Lakers by seventeen in the second quarter. However, Spurs coach Greg Popovich had a different conclusion.

"I looked hard but I didn't see Kobe out there."

During the game, Bryant told Cheryl Miller that he expects to return on Friday when the Lakers take on the Spurs once more. If not Friday, then hopefully he'll be available to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. With the Clippers breathing down the Lakers' neck, the Lakers have to face the Western Conference's two best teams three times this week.

Andrew Bynum threw down 21 points to lead the Lakers, shooting 50% from the field. LA actually shot almost 50% from the field on the game, but the Spurs shot 60% to blow them out of the water.

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Kobe Bryant Out For Sixth Straight Game In Lakers Vs. Spurs

The Kobe system remains shut down for yet another game. German engineering just isn't what it used to be!

Bryant is now sitting out his sixth straight game. The injury is the same: "tenosynovitis, left shin".

The Lakers have done alright without him, going 4-1, including four straight victories with Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Ramon Sessions, Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes all stepping up in various roles. In fact they beat this same San Antonio Spurs team (beat 'em down!) by pounding the inside with Bynum and Gasol and getting great outside help from Barnes, World Peace and Sessions. LA knows how to beat San Antonio with or without Bryant in the lineup.

To talk about Kobe being out with Lakers fans, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll. To learn more about the game from Spurs fans, check out Pounding the Rock.

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Lakers Vs. Spurs: L.A. Looks For Another Win Against San Antonio

The Lakers have beaten the Spurs in three straight games.

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