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Spurs 121, Lakers 97: The Losses Get Bigger as the Season Gets Smaller

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Apr 20, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) gets fouled while shooting against San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 20, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) gets fouled while shooting against San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

Kobe Bryant returned to play tonight after sitting out seven straight games with a shin injury. His return did not go as well as we'd hoped, with the Lakers falling to the Spurs by 24 points, their worst loss of the season. According to ESPNLA's Dave McMenamin, "The Lakers have three 20-point losses in their last 8 games, two coming at the hands of the Spurs." The Lakers gave up 32 points in the first quarter, and ended it down by 7. The second quarter was a little better and the Lakers ended the half down by 4.

From there it got ugly. The second half was an exercise in futility as the Spurs won the third quarter by 14. Defense was non-existent throughout the game and the Spurs shot a blistering 61% from the field, 67% on 3-pointers. Kobe shot 5-6 in the third and ended up with 18 points to lead the Lakers. He played 30 minutes and looked pretty good. Bynum again failed to come close to his production in last Wednesday's game against this team, ending with 17 points on 5-9 shooting and just 2 rebounds (one each offensive and defensive). He did, however, make 7-8 free throws. Matt Barnes impressed once again with 14 points on 5-11 from the field and 5 rebounds. He was the only player in forum blue with a positive +/- tonight.

Chris is under the weather tonight but he may have a more in-depth recap tomorrow. For now, enjoy the rest of your evening.