Bryant and the Lakers lost their way in the fourth quarter, watching the
After starting the season on a five-game losing streak, the Lakers beat Charlotte on Sunday for their first win of the season.
But now the Lakers have lost three in a row, and it doesn't get any easier for them.
They host the
Bryant exited the game with 6:51 left, his night done, his play nothing to brag about and something to forget.
He made only one of his 14 shots -- his worst shooting performance ever from the field -- to finish with nine points. He missed all five of his three-pointers.
Bryant made his first field goal with 10:59 left in the game after 10 misses in a row.
It was a turnaround in the post over
Bryant even tired a left-handed runner. It was an air ball.
The Spurs had five players score in double figures, led by
It was bad enough that the Lakers got down by 15 points early in the third quarter.
What made it even worse for the Lakers was that
Despite all that, the Lakers stayed within striking distance of the Spurs, trailing by 11 points entering the fourth quarter.
Bryant missed all 10 of his shots from the field through three quarters, including three three-pointers.
He was 0-for-six shooting from the field in the third quarter and had six points after making six of seven free throws.
The Lakers played better defense, holding the Spurs to 40.3% shooting through three quarters.
But the Lakers made only 33.3% of their shots through three quarters.
The Lakers actually played better defense in the second quarter, but that still didn't stop them from trailing the Spurs by 12 points at the half.
The Lakers held the Spurs to 18 points in the second quarter, but the Lakers scored only 13 points in the quarter.
They were just three-for-17 shooting from the floor in the second quarter.
By the end of the first half,
The Lakers shot 31.6% from the field in the first half.
Spurs 29, Lakers 22 (end of first quarter)
That’s why the Lakers trailed the
The Lakers allowed the Spurs to make 50% of their shots in the first quarter, including four of six from three-point range.
If not for
But Bryant made all three of his free throws to keep the Lakers within seven points.
The Lakers had no answer for Spurs forward
Leonard had eight points, missing just one of his four shots. He also had four rebounds and one blocked shot.
The Lakers were without backup point guard