Lakers shown the door

Apr 30, 2013, 10:00 IST | AFP

Tony Parker led five San Antonio players in double figures on Sunday as the Spurs beat the depleted, dispirited Los Angeles Lakers 103-82 to knock them out of the NBA playoffs

Parker scored 23 points as San Antonio completed a four-game sweep in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series — the first time the 16-time champion Lakers had been swept in a first-round series since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in the 1983-84 season.


LA’s Pau Gasol

“It was just a weird feeling,” Parker admitted after the Spurs posted their fourth straight double-digit victory over the Lakers, a team that scraped into the playoffs but had to make do without superstar Kobe Bryant, who tore an Achilles tendon.

“Obviously, I’m happy we won, but it’s just weird,” Parker said of facing a Lakers team that was missing not only Bryant but also point guard Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and veteran Metta World Peace.

 

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