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Bryant leads Lakers to fourth consecutive win

San Antonio Spurs forward Manu Ginobill (20) goes flying as he is fouled by Jordan Farmer, right in the Los Angeles Lakers' victory.
San Antonio Spurs forward Manu Ginobill (20) goes flying as he is fouled by Jordan Farmer, right in the Los Angeles Lakers' victory. AP

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and the Los Angeles Lakers broke open a tight game in the late going to beat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 102-97 on Thursday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

The defending NBA champion Spurs (17-5), losers of two in a row for the first time this season, played without stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.

Duncan sat out his fourth consecutive game because of a sprained right ankle. Parker missed his first game of the season with a sprained left ankle.

After Bruce Bowen's 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter tied the game at 81, two baskets by Vladimir Radmanovic triggered an 18-5 run that gave the Lakers a 99-86 lead with 3:40 remaining.

Lamar Odom had 15 points and eight rebounds and Radmanovic had 10 points for the Lakers (13-8). Bowen led the Spurs with 22 points -- two off his career high.

Brent Barry had 17 points, Manu Ginobili scored 14 and Fabricio Oberto had a career-high 16 rebounds to go with nine points.

  • WIZARDS 104, HEAT 91, at Miami -- DeShawn Stevenson scored a season-high 26 points, and Washington had to Miami's misery at home.

Caron Butler finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Antawn Jamison had 16 points and 16 rebounds and Brendan Haywood had 12 points for Washington, which had lost each of its last eight trips to Miami and had dropped 15 of 16 overall to the Heat.

Chris Quinn scored a career-high 22 points for Miami, which saw its modest two-game winning streak end and lost for the seventh time in nine home games this season.

  • TIP-INS -- Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford was suspended for one game by the NBA for a flagrant foul against Toronto's T.J. Ford. Ford was injured when Horford struck him on the head and knocked him down as Ford was trying to score on a breakaway with 1:32 left Tuesday. ... New Orleans center Melvin Ely has a fractured left eye socket that will keep him out of the lineup tonight in Dallas.
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