NBA PLAYOFFS: Spurs halfway to knocking out Lakers
Tony Parker had 28 points and seven assists and San Antonio beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-91 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard had 16 points each, Manu Ginobili added 13 points and Matt Bonner had 10 for San Antonio.
Dwight Howard and Steve Blake had 16 points each to lead Los Angeles. Metta World Peace and Pau Gasol added 13 points each, but no other player had more than nine as the Lakers shot 45 percent from the field.
The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field after shooting 38 percent in Game 1. San Antonio was 7-for-14 on 3-pointers, including 5-for-7 in the first half.
The Lakers shot 37 percent (9-for-24) in the first quarter, a slight improvement over their 7-for-20 performance (35 percent) in the opening quarter of Game 1.
Game 3 is Friday night in Los Angeles.
THUNDER 105, Rockets 102: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both scored 29 points, and Oklahoma City recovered after squandering a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter to take a 2-0 series lead. Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 to play, and the Thunder didn’t relinquish the lead after that.
Durant missed a free throw with 1 second left, but Houston was out of timeouts and Carlos Delfino couldn’t connect on a desperation shot at the final buzzer. James Harden scored 36 points and spearheaded a 21-2 comeback that wiped out the big deficit and put the Rockets up 95-91. But the top-seeded Thunder were able to respond and protect the home-court advantage they’d spent all season earning. Game 3 is Saturday night in Houston.
PACERS 113, HAWKS 98: Paul George followed his triple-double by scoring a playoff career-high 27 points to lead Indiana to a 2-0 series lead. The Pacers have won four straight home games over the Hawks. It’s the first time Indiana has held a 2-0 series lead since the 2004 Eastern Conference semifinals.
George, playing in his first game since being named the league’s Most Improved Player, was 11 of 21 from the field, had eight rebounds, three assists and four steals and again played well defensively. George Hill had 22 points. Atlanta was led by Devin Harris with 17 points. Jeff Teague and Josh Smith had 16. Game 3 is Saturday in Atlanta.