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Spurs rout Lakers, improve spot atop West

By Greg Beacham

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 17 2012 11:11 p.m. MDT

Singer Justin Bieber kisses actress Selena Gomez during the first half of an NBA basketball game as the San Antonio Spurs play the Los Angeles Lakers, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Los Angeles.

Jason Redmond, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Tony Parker had 29 points and 13 assists, Tim Duncan had 19 points and eight rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs handed the Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season, 112-91 on Tuesday night.

Manu Ginobili scored 15 points as the Spurs improved their spot atop the Western Conference with their fourth straight win. They also snapped Los Angeles' four-game winning streak while dominating a meeting of division leaders — albeit with Kobe Bryant sitting out his sixth straight game to rest his bruised shin.

Andrew Bynum had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers, whose Pacific Division lead over the Clippers dwindled to a half-game, although the Lakers hold the tiebreaker. Matt Barnes and Pau Gasol scored 16 points apiece, but with Bryant watching from the bench in a sharp suit, Los Angeles couldn't match the depth of the Spurs, who got at least four points from 10 players.

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