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Updated: Thursday, November 21, 2002 11:24 AM EST
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San Antonio 95, La Lakers 88
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SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Stephen Jackson made eight straight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 28 points as the San Antonio Spurs rallied for a 95-88 triumph over the sputtering Los Angeles Lakers.

Jackson missed his first 3-point attempt but made his next eight shots from beyond the arc. The third-year forward eclipsed his previous career high of 25 points set against Atlanta on December 26, 2000.

"I have a lot of confidence in my game and I just felt really good tonight," Jackson said. "I never felt better, not in high school, not on the playground, not ever. I have to thank my teammates for getting me open looks."

"He was on fire all night," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He ignited us to say the least. When you hit 8-of-10 3-pointers, you are hot."

Jackson kept the Spurs (8-4) in the game for the first three quarters and Tim Duncan stepped up when San Antonio needed it.

The Lakers held a 70-67 lead entering the fourth quarter, but Duncan, who had just six points through three periods, scored six of the Spurs' first eight points.

With Duncan and Jackson clicking, San Antonio opened the quarter with a 22-8 run and coasted thereafter. Jackson capped the spurt with a 3-pointer that made it 89-78 with 3:24 to go.

Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant criticized his teammates following a lackluster loss to Dallas on Tuesday. Again without star center Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles played hard but had little chance when Duncan joined Jackson on the offensive end.

Bryant scored 25 points, 10 in the first quarter, but made just 8-of-25 shots.

"We did come out and play well, aggressively, played well defensively and made some shots," said Bryant, who may get his fellow superstar back by the weekend. "We just have to continue getting better. I think with Shaq coming back, things will fall into place."

"I felt we wasted a good effort tonight," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "We definitely played the game we wanted but we just went cold from the field and let them get too many looks."

The Lakers led, 74-71, early in the final quarter, but Duncan had baskets just over a minute apart to give the Spurs the lead for good. A basket by Slava Medvedenko temporarily halted the burst, but a 3-pointer by Jackson, a layup by rookie Emanuel Ginobili and a dunk by Duncan left San Antonio with an 82-76 edge.

The Lakers' Robert Horry sank a 14-foot jumper with 6:48 to go, but Jackson buried 3-pointers around a free throw by Duncan to extend the advantage to 89-78.

"Jackson was really on," Lakers forward Rick Fox said. "Normally when a shooter gets going, they hit their first two or three but he hit his first four or five. He was really on tonight."

"He did an excellent job of finding his shots and knocking them down," Horry said of Jackson. "There is not much you can say about someone who is in the zone. He was definitely feeling it."

Los Angeles looked like it was going to blow San Antonio out of the SBC Center, bolting to a 16-5 lead. The Spurs battled back and were within 35-35 midway through the second quarter.

A free throw by Kevin Willis and a 3-pointer by Bruce Bowen just before the half gave San Antonio a 50-46 lead heading into the half.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Tony Parker and Steve Smith to open the second half pushed the lead to double digits. Los Angeles closed the third quarter with a 17-7 run and led 70-67 heading into the final period.

Los Angeles' shooting woes continued as it made just 41 percent (31-of-76). Without O'Neal, the Lakers were hammered on the boards, 46-35.

San Antonio made 12-of-22 from 3-point range.


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