Notebook: Spurs 102, Lakers 91



Posted Apr 25, 2013 1:32 AM

Tim Price, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Tony Parker scored 28 points with 24 coming in the second half on 8-for-14 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 from the foul line in the Spurs' 102-91 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday that has given San Antonio a 2-0 lead over the Lakers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Game 3 is Friday at Staples Center.

The Lakers don't have Kobe Bryant, they were without Jodie Meeks after an ankle sprain in Game 1, and they may be about to lose Steve Blake. He left the game with about five minutes to go with what was reported as a sore hamstring after scoring 16 points.

Dwight Howard, stuck with foul trouble in the second half, scored 16 points and had nine rebounds in 33 1/2 minutes for the Lakers.

QUOTABLE: "(Parker) really gave us a huge boost. He sort of played a team game in the first half. I actually was a little concerned. We need him to be aggressive. He knew that. We needed him to score and get us going offensively. He really did a great job in the third quarter. He got us going."

-- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich

THE STAT: In Game 1 the Spurs bench outscored the L.A. reserves 40-10. Tonight in Game 2, the Spurs bench (specifically Matt Bonner, Manu Ginobili and Gary Neal) hit six of the seven shots the Spurs hit from the 3-point line.

TURNING POINT: The Lakers trailed by eight points early in the fourth quarter. But the Spurs scored 13 of the next 17 points to go up by 17, their largest margin of the game. The Lakers went 2-for-6 and turned the ball over three times in the stretch as Bonner hit a 3-pointer to make it 91-74 with six minutes left.

QUOTABLE II: "We don't want to go home. We fought to get into the playoffs. We fought to get this far."

-- Howard

HOT: Ginobili is 6-for-9 from the 3-point line in this series. He had plus-13 in the plus-minus column of the stat sheet during nearly 19 minutes of Game 1 and was plus-19 tonight in 19 minutes (Bonner was plus-29).

NOT: Metta World Peace is 2-for-11 from 3-point range in the series and overall is 7-for-22.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Parker's 28 points are his most since 15 games back when he scored 31 against the Clippers on Feb. 21. That was just prior to his ankle sprain that limited him in the final few games of the regular season.

GOOD MOVE: Parker had gone 9-for-27 in the first six quarters of this series against the Lakers, including 1-for-6 in tonight's first half. But he started going to the rim after halftime and had a 5-for-9 third quarter. He also hit 5-for-6 free throws in the third after going 2-for-2 in the first half.

BAD MOVE: The Lakers know what the Spurs are trying to accomplish when Bonner heads out onto the floor. The Spurs want to spread the floor and, with a smaller lineup, want to get a big man out to guard Bonner. The Lakers failed to get it done plenty of times in Game 2. And Bonner's wide-open 3-pointer with just more than six minutes to go gave San Antonio a 91-74 lead. That put the game out of reach. Bonner finished 2-for-2 from the 3-point line.

ROOKIE WATCH: Nando De Colo played one minute to finish the game for the Spurs and had enough time to hit a pair of free throws.

NOTABLE: In addition to his foul trouble, Howard was whistled for a technical foul by referee David Guthrie early in the second half for arguing a loose-ball foul on an offensive rebound attempt. ... Tracy McGrady was inactive again for the Spurs. ... The Lakers hit three shots from the 3-point line in the first quarter, and that matched their total from Game 1. ... Jordan Hill was activated for the first time after missing 49 games following hip surgery in January, and he played six minutes with two points and two rebounds in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT: Game 3, Friday @ Los Angeles (10:30 p.m., ET); Game 4, Sunday @ Los Angeles (7 p.m., ET).