SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker scored 18 points and handed out eight assists as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 91-79, in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs Sunday afternoon at the AT&T Center.
Game 2 will be back here at the AT&T Center on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
Parker was aided by Manu Ginobili (18 points), Tim Duncan (17 points, 10 rebounds), Matt Bonner and Kawki Leonard (eight points, 11 boards).
Dwight Howard (20 points, 14 rebounds), Steve Nash (16 points), Pau Gasol (16 points, 16 rebounds) and Steve Blake (12 points).
The game was basically played at the Lakers' slow pace. But the Spurs still were able to grind it out and beat the Lakers at their own game, despite shooting just 37.6 percent from the field.
Duncan scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds and the Spurs took a 24-15 lead after the first quarter. San Antonio led at the halftime (45-37) and after three quarters (70-57).
With Kobe Bryant out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, the Lakers were at a huge disadvantage. But the Lakers stayed within striking distance of the Spurs until the lights went dark on LA when three-pointers by Danny Green and Bonner padded San Antonio's lead to 84-68 with 4:04 left in the game.
-- Dwain Price
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