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Ginobili, Parker lead Spurs past Lakers in Game 1

  • Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks, center, loses control of the ball as he drives to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks, center, loses control of the ball as he drives to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, right, of Argentina, is pressured by Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks (20) and Antawn Jamison (4) during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, right, of Argentina, is pressured by Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks (20) and Antawn Jamison (4) during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, asks an official for a goaltending call during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, asks an official for a goaltending call during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake, center, is surrounded by San Antonio Spurs', from left, Danny Green, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter as he tries to drive to the basket during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake, center, is surrounded by San Antonio Spurs', from left, Danny Green, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter as he tries to drive to the basket during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) grabs a rebound between Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks (20), Antawn Jamison (4) and Pau Gasol (16) during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) grabs a rebound between Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks (20), Antawn Jamison (4) and Pau Gasol (16) during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) and Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake (5) argue a call during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) and Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake (5) argue a call during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks, center, loses control of the ball as he drives to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, right, of Argentina, is pressured by Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks (20) and Antawn Jamison (4) during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, asks an official for a goaltending call during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake, center, is surrounded by San Antonio Spurs', from left, Danny Green, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter as he tries to drive to the basket during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) grabs a rebound between Los Angeles Lakers' Jodie Meeks (20), Antawn Jamison (4) and Pau Gasol (16) during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) and Los Angeles Lakers' Steve Blake (5) argue a call during the first half of Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker scored 18 points each as the San Antonio Spurs led from early in the first quarter and beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 91-79, yesterday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Concord’s Matt Bonner had 10 points with five rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard had eight points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 16 points and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Despite the double-doubles from Howard and Gasol, the Lakers failed to take full advantage of their inside presence, much to the consternation of the injured Kobe Bryant, who watched the national broadcast.

“Post. Post. Post,” Bryant tweeted in reference to the Lakers offense. Bryant is out for the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles.

Los Angeles’s length caused San Antonio problems early as the Spurs missed their first three shots – all inside the paint – as they altered their shots to avoid Howard and Gasol.

Nash, who returned after missing nine games with a hip/hamstring injury, gave the Lakers their only lead with a jumper on the game’s opening possession.

Duncan broke the drought, hitting a pair of jumpers over Gasol that gave San Antonio a 4-2 lead with 9:33 remaining and the Spurs led the rest of the way.

Los Angeles pulled within 28-24 with seven minutes left in the half as Howard had four points in an 8-0 run, including an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Gasol to cap the run.

It was the closest Los Angeles would come as San Antonio extended its lead to 10 points in the quarter.

Manu Ginobili hit a pair of 3s to give San Antonio a 70-57 lead to close the third. Ginobili was 6-for-13 from the field and 3-for-5 on 3s.

Pacers 107, Hawks 90

Paul George scored 23 points and recorded his first playoff triple double, leading Indiana past Atlanta for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

George made just three of 13 shots, but was 17-of-18 from the free-throw line, had 11 rebounds and 12 assists. George Hill added 18 points despite playing with a left groin injury. It’s the first time since 2006 that the Pacers have opened a playoff series with a win.

The best-of-seven series resumes Wednesday at Indy.

Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 21 points and Josh Smith added 15.

The Pacers weren’t sure what to expect after four starters – George, Hill, Roy Hibbert and David West – took a six-day break from game action.

All that rest appeared to help the struggling Pacers get back in sync. They took advantage on the glass with a 48-32 advantage, forced Atlanta to play a half-court game instead of allowing the Hawks to run and were nearly flawless at the free-throw line.

Indiana made its first 24 free throws, a streak that ended when Lance Stephenson missed the second of two shots in the final minute of the third quarter. The Pacers finished 30-of-34 from the line, compared with 7-of-14 for Atlanta.

Heat 110, Bucks 87

LeBron James scored 27 points on 9-for-11 shooting, Ray Allen scored 20 off the bench and Miami never trailed on the way to beating Milwaukee in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round series.

Dwyane Wade scored 16, Chris Bosh added 15 and Chris Andersen finished with 10 on 4-for-4 shooting for the Heat, who opened their title defense by holding Milwaukee to 42-percent shooting.

Brandon Jennings scored 26 points and Monta Ellis added 22 for the Bucks.

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