SAN ANTONIO -- Kobe Bryant was back but the Lakers got thumped by the San Antonio Spurs, 121-97, on Friday night at AT&T Center.
Bryant missed seven games because of a sore left shin but he wasn't the problem Friday.
The Lakers' defense was shoddy at best, allowing San Antonio to shoot 61% from the field. Their offense was pretty shoddy too.
Ramon Sessions had his worst game with the Lakers, missing seven of nine shots and scoring only five points with one assist. Pau Gasol was pretty much a no-show, scoring 11 points on four-for-10 shooting. Andrew Bynum had 17 points but only two rebounds in 30 minutes.
Bryant had 18 points in 30 minutes, making seven of 12 shots as the Lakers' lead over the Clippers fell to half a game in the push for third place in the Western Conference.