Apr 20, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (front) is defended by San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (behind) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

Lakers Vs. Spurs: Kobe Bryant Makes Return In Blowout Loss

The Lakers are now 15-17 on the road this season.

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Lakers Vs. Spurs Final Score: L.A. Receives 121-97 Drubbing In San Antonio

The Los Angeles Lakers were in Texas on Friday night to play the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers were hoping to pick up a big win as Kobe Bryant returned after missing seven games due to injury. Unfortunately, things did not quite work out that way, as the Spurs dominated the game and served the Lakers a 121-97 defeat.

The Lakers were outscored right away in the first quarter, 32-25. They entered halftime down just 56-52, but were outscored by 14 points in the third quarter, which pretty much sealed the deal for the Spurs.

Bryant was 7-for-12 from the floor, finishing with 18 points, two rebounds, an assist and a turnover. Andrew Bynum added another 17 points in the losing effort.

The magic number for the Lakers to clinch the Pacific Division remains at 2.

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Lakers Vs. Spurs Game Score: Tim Duncan Leads San Antonio To 56-52 Halftime Lead

Tim Duncan scored 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 56-52 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers at halftime Friday night at AT&T Center. The Spurs used an 8-0 run in the second quarter to take the lead.

Kobe Bryant returned to the starting lineup after missing seven games with an injured left shin, and scored seven points in the first half on 2-of-6 shooting.

Andrew Bynum had 12 points and two rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 46.2% (18 for 39) in the opening half. Matt Barnes added eight points off the bench. The Lakers trailed 32-25 after the first quarter but rallied to take a 37-34 lead with eight minutes remaining in the half.

Tony Parker had 11 points and seven assists, while Manu Ginobili added 10 points, four rebounds, and four assists off the bench for San Antonio, who shot 57.5% (23 for 40) in the first half.

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Lakers Vs. Spurs Starting Lineups: Kobe Bryant Returns

The Los Angeles Lakers are receiving the best possible reinforcement to their lineup on Friday night as they are in San Antonio to battle the Spurs at AT&T Center. Kobe Bryant is back after missing seven games with a left shin injury, ready for the first of two straight Western Conference showdowns for the Lakers, who also host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Bryant has missed 102 games in his 16 NBA seasons, playing in 91.9% of his possible games. Devin Ebanks started all seven games missed by Bryant, averaging 6.1 points in 25.3 minutes while shooting 43.2% from the field. Ebanks missed all six attempts from three-point range.

Here are the probable starting lineups for Friday night in San Antonio

Lakers (40-23)

Point Guard: Ramon Sessions

Shooting Guard: Kobe Bryant

Small Forward: Metta World Peace

Power Forward: Pau Gasol

Center: Andrew Bynum

Spurs (45-16)

Point Guard: Tony Parker

Shooting Guard: Danny Green

Small Forward: Kawhi Leonard

Power Forward: Tim Duncan

Center: DeJuan Blair

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Lakers Vs. Spurs: Game Time, TV Info And Streaming For Kobe Bryant's Return On ESPN

Kobe Bryant is back after missing seven games with a left shin injury, just in time for the final three games of the regular season for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are in San Antonio to battle the Spurs, current holders of the top spot in the Western Conference. Here are the relevant details of Friday night's NBA on ESPN contest:

Records: Lakers (40-23); Spurs (45-16)

Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio

Time: 6:30 p.m. PDT

TV: ESPN, with Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy on the call; the game will also be broadcast locally by KCAL, wtih Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call.

Streaming: The game is also available online at ESPN3.com.

Home vs. Road: The Lakers are 15-16 on the road this season, needing to with their final two battles away from home to finish with a winning road record. After a 6-14 start away from home, the Lakers have won nine of their last 11 road contests. The Spurs are 25-5 at home this season.

Don't You Look Familiar: The Lakers and Spurs didn't see one another this season until April 11, but this is their third matchup in the last 10 days. The Lakers won 98-84 without Kobe Bryant in San Antonio on April 11, led by 30 rebounds from Andrew Bynum. Six days later, the Spurs returned the favor with a 112-91 blowout win in Los Angeles.

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Lakers Schedule 2012: San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Highlight Weekend

The Los Angeles Lakers are inching closer to their fifth consecutive Pacific Division title, and have three regular season games remaining to get it done. Kobe Bryant is scheduled to return after missing seven games with a left shin injury, but the Lakers have a tough weekend schedule against the top two teams in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Friday - Lakers at San Antonio (6:30 p.m. PDT, ESPN, KCAL): The Spurs are a game ahead of the Thunder in the loss column in their race for the top seed in the West, so the Lakers will definitely play a factor in playoff seeding. Friday in San Antonio is the third meeting in 10 days between the Lakers and Spurs, with each team winning on the road. The Lakers hope that trend continues.

Sunday - Oklahoma City at Lakers (12:30 p.m. PDT, ABC): Derek Fisher makes his third return to Staples Center as a member of the Thunder, and second road battle against the Lakers. The Lakers are 0-2 against Oklahoma City this season.

The Lakers' magic number to clinch the Pacific Division is two.

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