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Spurs 125, Lakers 109

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LOS ANGELES -- Point guard Tony Parker scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their 11th in a row with a 125-109 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

The Spurs (51-16), who have the NBA's best record, defeated the Lakers for the seventh consecutive time and the third time this season. The Lakers' loss came on the heels of Los Angeles suffering its worst defeat (119-85) to the Spurs on Friday. The Lakers dropped three straight and six of their last seven games

Forward Kawhi Leonard finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, forward Tim Duncan added 12 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists and guard Danny Green had 16 points. Seven Spurs scored in double figures, including reserve guard Manu Ginobili, who had 13 points and six assists.

The Spurs broke up a close game in the final period. They led 58-57 at the half as Green (14 points) and Parker (13 points) provided the bulk of the offense. The Lakers, though, stayed close mainly on the play of Henry, who came off the bench to score 19 of his points in the first half, 11 of them in the second quarter.

But San Antonio began to create some distance in the third quarter. It took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by guard Marco Belinelli, who finished with 10 points, for a 78-75 advantage with 5:21 left in the quarter. The two teams practically traded baskets the rest of the quarter before the Spurs grabbed a 92-87 lead at the end of it.

They pushed the margin to double digits midway through the fourth quarter after Duncan converted a jumper. The Lakers cut the deficit to eight but got no closer.

Guard Xavier Henry led the Lakers with 24 points, while center Pau Gasol had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

San Antonio shot 52.6 percent (50 of 95) from the field compared to 42.9 percent (39 of 91) for the Lakers. The Spurs hit 12 of 27 (44.4 percent) on 3-pointers. Los Angeles managed 34.6 percent (9 of 26) from behind the arc.

NOTES: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Phil Jackson becoming president of the New York Knicks: "I think it's fantastic. It's wonderful for everybody concerned. It's definitely great for the league to have him back in it. It's great for the Knicks. He'll figure it out." ... Lakers F Nick Young could return for Friday's game against the Washington Wizards. Young has missed 11 games with a sore left knee, the same one he fractured in February. ... Los Angeles F Jordan Hill, out for the sixth straight game with a sore right knee, might return for either Friday's contest against the Wizards or Sunday's matchup against the Orlando Magic. ... The Spurs were 37-2 when leading at halftime entering the game. ... San Antonio visits the Sacramento Kings on Friday and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
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