SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Manu Ginobili scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half for the San Antonio Spurs, who fended off a late charge by the Los Angeles Lakers to post a 90-84 victory on Tuesday night.

The win was the Spurs’ sixth straight over the Lakers, who played their first game in San Antonio under coach Phil Jackson since a victory over the Spurs in Game 5 of the 2004 playoffs on a last-second basket by Derek Fisher.

Kobe Bryant, averaging better than 40 points in his last five games, struggled to get open shots while being defended by Bruce Bowen. Bryant finished with 25 points, but shot 9-for-33.

Sasha Vujacic was fouled by Tony Parker while making a 3-pointer and he hit the free throw to trim the Spurs’ lead to 83-79 with less than three minutes left.

Ginobili and Michael Finley each made a pair of free throws for San Antonio, but a 3-pointer by Lamar Odom narrowed the difference to 87-82 in the game’s final minute.

After Ginobili was fouled by Vujacic and missed both foul shots, Odom put back an errant 3-pointer by Bryant to make it 87-84. The Lakers pressed on the inbounds play and fouled Tim Duncan, who made both to give the Spurs a five-point lead with 15 seconds remaining.

Bryant, crowded by Bowen, missed another long 3, and Duncan was fouled again and he made one of the foul shots with 2.5 seconds left.

Duncan finished with 16 points, while Michael Finley had 12 and Bowen 11 on 5-for-7 shooting.

Odom scored 27 and had 16 rebounds for the Lakers. Vujacic and Smush Parker each had 10 points.

The Lakers’ only lead of the game came in the opening seconds on a jump hook by Chris Mihm.

San Antonio made eight of its first nine shots, all in the paint, to jump out to an 18-8 lead midway through the first.

The last of those baskets came when Ginobili blocked a drive by Bryant from behind, and the Spurs’ guard raced to the other end for a transition layup.

The Spurs built their lead to 27-10 on a long jumper by Bowen, and then they missed their final six shots of the first period.

In the second, they made only six of their 20 attempts as Los Angeles pulled within five by scoring the final seven points of the half. Smush Parker hit a pair free throws before a 3-point play by Bryant and a layup by Odom made it 43-38.

Notes: Duncan made four of his seven free throws. He is shooting 78.2 percent at the line so far this season, 11 percentage points better than last year. … The Lakers lost their fourth straight road game. … Los Angeles played its fourth straight game without Kwame Brown (right hamstring strain) and third straight without Devean George (sore left foot).

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