L.A. Times: The unforeseen sometimes happens when the Lakers play here.
An inspirational, unexpected midseason victory a year ago. Derek Fisher’s unforgettable “0.4” shot. And on Wednesday, there was the mystery of the disappearing team.
The Lakers controlled almost every facet in the first half but fell apart rapidly in the second half of a 103-91 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center.
They were undone by a careless third quarter in which they were outscored, 31-12, and also ripped out a page from an old playbook as teammates began to defer too often to Kobe Bryant.
If the first half signaled hope for the Lakers without Andrew Bynum — halftime score: 54-45, visiting team — the second half was a reminder of years past, if not their recent game in Seattle, when almost nobody wanted to shoot the ball.
Bryant scored 29 points on 12-for-27 shooting Wednesday and also had nine turnovers, although Coach Phil Jackson pointed to other unnamed suspects.