LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant joined some elite company. The San Antonio Spurs have gone where no team has.
Tim Duncan had 28 points and 20 rebounds to help overcome another big effort by Bryant as the Spurs extended their winning streak to seven games with a 103-95 triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers.
After dropping the first game of a nine-game road trip, the Spurs have reeled off seven victories. They became the first team in NBA history to win seven in a row on the same trip, which concludes Sunday in Sacramento.
"We knew coming into this road trip how long it was, and this has been a great time for our team to get a personality," Duncan said. "I think that we really have grown and shown a lot of character."
"The road experience, I think, is more important than the home experience because you've got to really focus to do some things well," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich added. "I'm happy that we are on the road and I think this trip has been great for our team."
Duncan was a major reason why the Spurs continued their winning ways and beat the Lakers for the third time in as many tries this season. The NBA's reigning MVP dominated the interior all night and helped get Shaquille O' Neal into early foul trouble.
While the Spurs accomplished a first, Bryant became the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 35 points in eight straight games. The superstar guard actually reached 40 points for the fourth consecutive contest and the 12th time this season, totaling 44.
Bryant forced the issue as he hoisted up 41 shots, making 19. He also committed seven of the Lakers' 11 turnovers.
"I have been able to find the line before tonight as far as scoring that many points," said Bryant, who made 4-of-6 free throws. "I was able to do it on several occasions at the beginning of the season. I am not going to concern myself too much with our offensive production. We really win games on the defensive end. I think offensively, just being able to get guys more rhythm shots and we will be better off.
"We looked like a one-man team tonight in some regard, and that made it a little bit over the edge in some ways," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "Kobe lost the ball a couple times just trying to come up the court, and those were very costly errors for us."
Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and future Hall of Famer Michael Jordan are the others to score at least 35 points in eight straight games.
O'Neal collected 21 points and Robert Horry pulled down 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who had a seven-game winning streak stopped. Los Angeles remained one-half game behind Houston for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
"We met a team right now that I think is better than us," Lakers forward Rick Fox said. "There's not very many teams out there right now that are playing better than us, but that is one of them."
Holding a one-point lead at halftime, the Spurs opened the third quarter with a 15-6 spurt. Duncan netted eight points in the surge, capping it with two free throws for a 57-47 lead.
Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson added 3-pointers in the run. Parker and Jackson were big all night, finishing with 24 and 16 points, respectively.
Jackson, who scored 28 points in a victory over Lakers on November 20, went 4-of-4 from 3-point range.
San Antonio shot 43 percent (36-of-83) and held a 48-46 edge on the boards.
A jumper by Duncan gave the Spurs their biggest lead of the contest at 68-55 with 3:09 left in the third quarter. The Lakers reeled off six straight points but still trailed, 72-63, entering the final period.
"We had a poor third quarter," O'Neal said. "They just came out and really played well and we didn't at all. But we will get back on track."
When the Spurs took control in the third quarter, defensive stopper Bruce Bowen did an excellent job on Bryant, who made just 3-of-11 shots in the period.
"The guy is a Hall of Fame pointer," Popovich said. "It is as simple as that and you're not going to stop him. But I think Bruce Bowen worked him and worked every shot. He had a lot of tough shots. I think Bruce did a heck of a job."
"Bruce did a great job on him," Stephen Jackson added. "He still shot a great percentage. Kobe is a tough player to handle. If I had to pick somebody, I would have to say Kobe is my MVP, the way he is playing right now. Bruce did a great job on him, made him take a lot of tough shots and just stayed with him and took the challenge."
Bryant didn't have to contend with just Bowen. He had a tough timing finishing around the basket with the presence of the 7-foot Duncan.
Jackson drilled a pair of 3-pointers around a jumper by Bryant to start the fourth quarter, keeping the Spurs in control.
The Lakers were unable to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, despite getting the Spurs into the penalty less than four minutes into the period. Los Angeles went to the line 11 times in the fourth quarter after getting there just nine times in the first three periods.
A pair of foul shots by Devean George with 4:15 remaining helped the Lakers close to 85-80.
Duncan and O'Neal traded baskets before Bowen drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner, making it 90-82 with 2:59 to go. The Lakers got as close as five points in the waning seconds.
After scoring an NBA season-high 51 points in Wednesday's victory at Denver, Bryant picked up where he left off, scoring 11 of his club's first 15 points.
Bryant had 24 points by intermission - more than of his team's total. But Los Angeles trailed, 42-41. Duncan and Parker each had eight points at halftime.