The Los Angeles Lakers played a competitive game against the San Antonio Spurs but saw their winning streak end in a 106-102 loss. The game went back-and-forth down the stretch, but LaMarcus Aldridge absorbed contact from Jordan Clarkson to score inside to give the Spurs a five-point cushion with 31 seconds left they'd ultimately hold on to.
Bryant had a tremendous third quarter, scoring 16 points while making it rain from outside. Kobe hit three three-pointers in a row in the third, even connecting on a heat check to cap things off with a four-point play over two defenders. The box score looks similar to many of his early-season outings, though, scoring 25 points on 28 fields goals. He also made just four of the 14 three-point attempts he put up in his final game in San Antonio.
Jordan Clarkson kept the game competitive through the first half, scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting going into halftime. He ended the night with 21 points, but his early surge was key in the Lakers keeping it close. Julius Randle added another double-double to his season with 15 points and 17 rebounds, but also struck fear in the hearts of Lakers fans worldwide. Randle dove into the baseline scrum of photographers and arena staff to save a loose ball late in the fourth quarter and landed on a cameraman, needing help to get up after tweaking his left ankle. Julius looked like he would go to the locker room immediately after the team assisted him, but was able to continue playing after taking a timeout.
Roy Hibbert, however, was not as fortunate. He suffered an ankle sprain in the first minutes of the game and sat out the remainder.
No Lakers for Super Bowl Sunday as they travel to Indiana to face the Pacers on Monday. They may have lost, but they competed with one of the best, albeit shorthanded for the night, teams in the NBA. That's more than we can say for what kind of product they put on the floor through most of January.