SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs showed they can still hang with their Western Conference rivals in a 105-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Tony Parker scored 22 as the Spurs got their biggest victory this season. The Lakers are just the fourth winning team San Antonio has beaten, but none of the others was the caliber of the defending NBA champions.
Kobe Bryant had another off game, scoring 16 points for the Lakers. He again wore a thick splint over his broken right index finger.
The Spurs and Lakers dominated the last decade, winning seven titles between them. The Lakers whittled a 22-point deficit to six late in the first meeting of this decade, but it was a rout by the end.
Bryant, who scored just 12 on 4-of-21 shooting in a win over Milwaukee on Sunday, had another slow night. He took a season-low 10 shots from the field, hitting seven of them.
Bryant has said that keeping his finger covered gives it more strength and protection, but he admits it affects his touch.
Andrew Bynum scored 23 points and Ron Artest had 13 for the Lakers, who have lost three of their past four games.
Richard Jefferson added 12 points for the Spurs, who are 14-4 since Dec. 9, trailing only Cleveland (15-4) for the league’s best record during that stretch. 1 AUTHORITIES QUESTION MORE WIZARDS ABOUT ARENAS Two more Washington Wizards players are spending time speaking to authorities about the Gilbert Arenas gun investigation. Coach Flip Saunders said that JaVale McGee and Mike Miller were called away Tuesday. Saunders and at least seven players have been questioned about what happened with Arenas, who was suspended indefinitely by the NBA last week. … Miller, meanwhile, is out again with a right calf injury that already sidelined him for about 11/2 months. He missed Washington’s game against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, and Saunders said Nick Young would be in the starting lineup while Miller is out.
2 KINGS CLOSE TO GETTING MARTIN BACK Sacramento Kings leading scorer Kevin Martin was cleared to return to practice after missing more than two months with an injured left wrist. Martin averaged 30.6 points through the first five games of the season before injuring the wrist.