Not even a hard-fought loss against a longtime rival did little to brighten the mood of one of the more tumultuous seasons in the storied history of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tony Parker scored 24 points and the Spurs handed the slumping Lakers their fifth straight loss with a 108-105 victory Wednesday night in San Antonio.
Manu Ginobili added 19 points and Tiago Splitter and Stephen Jackson had 14 each for San Antonio (28-10), which has won 11 straight at home. Splitter also had a career-high 14 rebounds.
Kobe Bryant had 27 points, Metta World Peace added 23 and Earl Clark 22 for Los Angeles (15-20). Bryant was 10 for 24 from the field, missing a 3-pointer on his final attempt that would have tied the game. Clark missed a follow-up three off a long rebound.
What can the Lakers take from such a battle?
‘‘We lost five in a row,’’ Bryant said. ‘‘It’s pretty self-explanatory.’’
Thunder 106, Timberwolves 84 — Kevin Durant scored 26 points, Russell Westbrook added 23, and host Oklahoma City overpowered outmanned Minnesota.
After losing its last game on a buzzer-beater against a last-place Washington team saddled by injuries to its three top players, Oklahoma City left nothing to chance with the Timberwolves missing All-Star forward Kevin Love (broken right hand) and four others.
The Thunder took control with 7-0 run early in the second half and stretched their lead to 24 before pulling Durant, Westbrook, and the other starters with 5:44 remaining.
Clippers 99, Mavericks 93 — Chris Paul had 19 points and 16 assists, and Los Angeles extended its franchise-record home winning streak to 13 games by holding off Dallas.
Blake Griffin recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds while Caron Butler and Jamal Crawford added 11 points apiece for the Clippers, who have not lost at the Staples Center since falling to New Orleans on Nov. 26.
Darren Collison scored 22 points and O.J. Mayo added 17 for Dallas.
Bucks 104, Bulls 96 — Brandon Jennings scored 20 of his 35 points in the third quarter and Milwaukee beat host Chicago for its second consecutive victory under interim coach Jim Boylan.
Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who have dropped their last two games against Milwaukee at the United Center.
Hornets 88, Rockets 79 — Roger Mason scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to rally host New Orleans over Houston.
Greivis Vasquez and Jason Smith each scored 17 points for the Hornets, who have won three in a row for the first time this season.
James Harden scored 25 points for the Rockets, who had won 10 of 12. Harden was held to 3 points in the final quarter when the Rockets were outscored, 28-10.
Jazz 112, Bobcats 102 — Al Jefferson had 26 points and eight rebounds to lead Utah to its fourth win in five games with a victory at Charlotte.
The Bobcats had no answer for the 6-foot-10-inch Jefferson, who went 11 of 15 from the field.
Paul Millsap chipped in with 19 points and Gordon Hayward was 4 of 5 from 3-point range for 14 points as the Jazz made light work of the Bobcats’ zone defense, shooting 54 percent from the field.
Raptors 90, 76ers 72 — Amir Johnson had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Jose Calderon added 14 points and 11 assists, and host Toronto sent slumping Philadelphia to its fifth straight loss.
Landry Fields set season highs with 10 points and 11 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 19, and Ed Davis had 17 for the Raptors, who had lost six of their previous seven meetings with Philadelphia.
Nuggets 108, Magic 105 — Kenneth Faried scored 19 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to help host Denver rally past slumping Orlando.
Ty Lawson also finished with 19 points, including a 3-point play with 1:27 remaining that gave the Nuggets the lead for good and sent them to their third straight win.
Cavaliers 99, Hawks 83 — Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his 33 points in the third quarter to lead injury-riddled Cleveland over visiting Atlanta.
Grizzlies 94, Warriors 87 — Zach Randolph had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 18 points and visiting Memphis finished a 3-0 road trip with a win over Golden State.