The Lakers lost their fifth consecutive game, falling 108-95 to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at Staples Center.
The Spurs won their 13th in a row, pulling away in the fourth quarter after a relatively close game.
The Lakers fell behind by as many as 13 points in the first quarter before narrowing the gap to five in the second. By halftime, the Spurs had again pushed ahead by 13.
After the Lakers got back to within five in the third quarter, San Antonio had a double-digit lead heading into the fourth. A big night from Manu Ginobili helped the Spurs climb ahead by 25.
Ginobili led all scorers with 20 points off the bench, makng nine of 10 shots. Kawhi Leonard added 18 points for the Spurs, while Patty Mills had 15, Danny Green 12 and Tony Parker 10.
Kobe Bryant, on the 10-year anniversary of his 81-point game, scored only five points on two-of-nine shooting. Bryant did have a game-high six assists, but also the worst plus-minus at -15.
The Spurs shot 50.6% from the field, 52.4% from three-point range (11 of 21) and 84.6% from the free-throw line (11 of 13). The Lakers shot 45.2%, 37.5% (6 of 16) and 72.2% (13 of 18), respectively.
San Antonio dominated fastbreak points, 28-9.
Lakers forward Brandon Bass looks to pass out of the double-team defense of Spurs forward Rasual Butler, left, and guard Manu Ginobili.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell sets up the offense while pressured by Spurs guard Manu Ginobili.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Spurs forward Tim Duncan looks for a shot over a trio of Lakers, including Kobe Bryant.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) works against the double-team defense of Spurs forward Boris Diaw, center, and guard Danny Green during a game Jan. 22.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Spurs forward David West lofts a shot over Lakers forward Julius Randle.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers forward Kobe Bryant loses control of the ball as he’s pressured by Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson tries to block a shot by Spurs guard Jonathon Simmons.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers forward Kobe Bryant tries to score against Spurs defenders (from left) Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers forward Anthony Brown reaches for a loose ball after tumbling to the court.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers forward Julius Randle has his shot contested by Spurs forward Tim Duncan.(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers guard Lou Williams (23) and Spurs forward Tim Duncan battle for a loose ball.(Paul Buck / EPA)
Lakers forward Kobe Bryant goes to work against Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard on Jan. 22, 2016.(Paul Buck / EPA)
Lakers forward Kobe Bryant looks to pass after driving to the basket against Spurs forwards Kawhi Leonard, left, and Boris Diaw during a Jan. 22 game at Staples Center.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Forwards Larry Nance Jr. (knee) of the Lakers and LaMarcus Aldridge (back) of the Spurs sat out.
The Lakers (9-36) play again onSaturday night against the Trail Blazers (19-26) in Portland. The Spurs (38-6) are off until Monday, when they host the Golden State Warriors (39-4) -- in a matchup of the two best teams in the NBA.
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