Spurs 103, Lakers 82
For four consecutive games, San Antonio showed off all the teamwork and tenacity that Los Angeles lacked all season long.
And when the Lakers’ tumultuous season finally collapsed Sunday night, the visiting Spurs rolled right past them to the second round.
Tony Parker scored 23 points, and San Antonio completed its first-round sweep of the injury-plagued Lakers in Game 4.
Tim Duncan had 11 points and six rebounds for the second-seeded Spurs, who will face the winner of Denver’s series with Golden State in the second round.
They’ll get plenty of rest after flattening the Lakers, who staggered through back-to-back blowout losses at home without three regular starters in their first opening-round exit since 2007.
“Obviously, it wasn’t a fair fight,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
San Antonio never trailed in the clincher, leading by 25 points in one more businesslike effort against the seventh-seeded Lakers.
Pau Gasol had 16 points for the Lakers, who were swept from the postseason for the second time in three years.
Celtics 97, Knicks 90
Jason Terry scored host Boston’s last nine points and the Celtics weathered a strong comeback by the New York Knicks, avoiding a sweep in overtime.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 29 points as they forced a fifth game in the series.
New York had tied the score 84-84 after trailing by 20 points early in the third quarter. It was 88-all before the Celtics regained control and took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Terry. Carmelo Anthony, who led the Knicks with 36 points, hit a short jumper, but Terry connected on a 15-footer with 50 seconds remaining for a 93-90 lead.
After Anthony missed a 3-pointer with 21 seconds to go, Terry was fouled and sank both free throws. He added a layup to close out the game.