Tony Parker had 22 points and nine assists, Tim Duncan scored 17 points despite hyperextending his left knee, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Lakers, 103-91, last night in Los Angeles.
The game was the first for the Lakers since Rudy Tomjanovich resigned as coach, citing health concerns. Frank Hamblen, Tomjanovich's replacement, lobbied for the return of Phil Jackson before the game.
The Spurs outscored Los Angeles 37-15 in the third quarter for an 80-55 lead, and led 89-61 early in the fourth when the Lakers went on a 23-2 run to draw within seven with 3 minutes 51 seconds remaining.
But that was as close as they got.
Duncan was injured with 8:40 left before halftime in a collision with Caron Butler, and sat out the rest of the second quarter.
Duncan started the second half and had nine points and five rebounds in the third quarter before coming out for good with 3:39 to play in the period.
Malik Rose had season-high totals of 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Manu Ginobili had 17 points and nine assists for the Spurs (38-10), who have won four straight and eight of nine.
The Lakers are 5-5 without Kobe Bryant, who hasn't played since spraining his right ankle Jan. 13.
HEAT 100, CAVALIERS 88: Shaquille O'Neal had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and host Miami overcame 31 points and 10 assists from LeBron James to beat Cleveland.
Eddie Jones had 22 points and Dwyane Wade added 20 for Miami.
CLIPPERS 106, GRIZZLIES 103: Bobby Simmons scored seven of his 26 points in the final three minutes and finished 10 of 12 from the field to lead visiting Los Angeles.