The Lakers are off to a very hot start, leading the Spurs at halftime, 65-37, at AT&T Center

Kobe Bryant leads all scorers with 17 points.

Shannon Brown got into the act with a fantastic dunk with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter that looked as though he took off from about 12 feet.

Paul Gasol had a big first quarter, scoring 10 points in 10 minutes.

The Spurs began the game with Tony Parker getting off to a hot start, but the Lakers took over when it seemed that nobody on the Spurs could hit a host.

The Lakers led by a score of 12-10, but then went to work with a huge scoring run.

The Lakers are shooting 56 percent, while the Spurs are shooting 34.8 percent. Los Angeles has been particularly strong from behind the three-point arch, hitting seven-of-13 shots.

The hot start is in contrast to the Lakers past two games. Though Los Angeles won those two games, they shot below 40 percent from the field.

Matt Barnes made his long-anticipated return to the Lakers, and NBA ironman Derek Fisher is in the lineup as well, despite elbow problems.

San Antonio has won the first two meetings, but if they expect to win this game, they will need stronger defense, and some very hot shooting. The Lakers seem to want this game very bad, and aren't accustomed to surrendering big leads.