Lakers Thump Spurs, Take 2-0 Series Lead

LA never trails against defending champs in 30-point victory
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2008 6:08 AM CDT
Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol, of Spain, reacts during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, May 23, 2008 in Los Angeles.    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – No comeback required for the Lakers on Friday, as they scored the final nine points of the first half and never looked back in a 101-71 thrashing of defending champion San Antonio, reports AP. Kobe Bryant scored 22 points and Lamar Odom added 20 points and 12 rebounds as LA held serve at home, taking a 2-0 Western Conference finals series lead.

The red-hot Lakers never trailed for the third time in their last four games and improved to 7-0 at home in the '08 playoffs. Jordan Farmar scored a career-playoff-high 14 points while Pau Gasol had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 55% to San Antonio's 35%. Tony Parker scored 13 in the losing cause.