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Spurs top Lakers 119-85 for 9th straight win

Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre grabs a rebound over San Antonio Spurs guards Cory Joseph, left, and Manu Ginobili of Argentina during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 14, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Danny Green had 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their ninth straight, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 119-85 on Friday night for their largest victory over their longtime rivals.

San Antonio never trailed after the opening four minutes, allowing coach Gregg Popovich to limit his starters and Manu Ginobili to an average of 17 minutes.

The Spurs had five reserves score in double-figures, led by Matt Bonner's 13 points and 10 rebounds. Marco Belinelli and Aron Baynes scored 12 points each, Cory Joseph added 11 points and Jeff Ayres had 10 points.

San Antonio (49-16) maintained the league's best record ahead of Indiana and Oklahoma City, who are both 48-17.

Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes and Jodie Meeks had 15 points for Los Angeles (22-44), which has lost five of six.

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