Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs ended the Los Angeles
Lakers' drama-filled season in sweeping fashion.
Tony Parker had 23 points and the Spurs dominated the Lakers, 103-82, on
Sunday to sweep their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
The Lakers had never been swept in a first-round series since the playoffs
expanded to 16 teams during the 1983-84 season. Los Angeles was swept just
once previously in an opening-round playoff series in franchise history (1967,
0-3 to San Francisco).
It was a disappointing end to a season that started with so much hope for the
Lakers, who acquired All-Stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in the offseason.
After an 0-8 preseason record and a 1-4 start to the regular season, head
coach Mike Brown was fired. Assistant Bernie Bickerstaff was named the interim
coach until Mike D'Antoni took over as the full-time head coach.
Los Angeles made a late push to make the playoffs but lost Kobe Bryant (torn
Achilles tendon) in the process. The Lakers were plagued by injuries in this
series, and played Sunday's game without the services of Metta World Peace
(left knee), Nash (hamstring), Steve Blake (hamstring) and Jodie Meeks
The second-seeded Spurs, who handed the Lakers their earliest playoff exit
since 2007, will either face Denver or Golden State in the next round.
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