The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be without superstar Kobe Bryant for a seventh straight game tonight versus the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers had stayed surprisingly competitive without Bryant, who is nursing a sore left shin, until Tuesday. LA compiled an impressive 4-1 mark without the MVP candidate before San Antonio waltzed into Staples Center and humiliated the Lakers 112-91.
Andrew Bynum had 21 points and seven rebounds for Los Angeles, which had its four-game win streak snapped and is now just one-half game ahead of the Clippers for the Pacific Division lead as well as the third seed in the West.
Pau Gasol and Matt Barnes each scored 16 points in a losing effort.
After a Barnes driving layup gave the Lakers a 41-39 advantage just past the midpoint of the second quarter, the Spurs closed out the half with a 24-6 run to hold a 63-47 lead at the break.
"The way they closed that second quarter helped them get the necessary lead to go ahead and put the game away," Lakers head coach Mike Brown said.
The Warriors also lost to San Antonio in their last encounter, a 120-99 thrashing on Monday.
Nate Robinson poured in a season-high 30 points, Klay Thompson followed with 29 and Dorrell Wright tallied 17 in that one as Golden State dropped its fifth straight.
"We understand where we are right now, we're shorthanded," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "The energy and effort in the second half was acceptable. There's a way to go down and I can tolerate the second half. But the first half was disappointing."
Off the floor Golden State announced Tuesday that guard Stephen Curry will likely not play again this season.
"While he continues to make progress in the rehabilitation of his injured right ankle, it was determined that he is not yet 100 percent and it is doubtful that he will play the remainder of the 2011-12 season," the team said in a statement.
Curry has missed the last 22 games with a sprained ankle and 34 games overall this season due to injury. When healthy, the Davidson product has averaged 14.7 points, 5.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds.
The Lakers have won 15 of their past 16 against the Warriors, including three meetings so far this season.