For four straight games, the San Antonio Spurs showed off all the teamwork and tenacity that the Los Angeles Lakers lacked all season long.
And when the Lakers’ tumultuous season finally collapsed Sunday night, the smooth 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 with a 103-82 victory in Game 4 in Los Angeles.
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.
The Lakers couldn’t keep up without injured starters Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Metta World Peace.
‘‘Obviously, it wasn’t a fair fight,’’ Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ‘‘When you’re a competitor, you want to compete on an even basis, and the Lakers weren’t able to do that. . . . Even though it wasn’t a fair fight, we still want to win the series, and I’m glad we did. Our focus was great.’’
San Antonio never trailed in the clincher, leading by 25 points in one more businesslike effort against the seventh-seeded Lakers, who provided their usual drama right down to their last gasp.
In his final game before unrestricted free agency, Dwight Howard scored 7 points before getting ejected early in the third quarter for arguing. Pau Gasol had 16 points for the Lakers, who were swept from the postseason for the second time in three years.
Howard said the season was ‘‘like a nightmare. It’s like a bad dream, and we just couldn’t wake up from it. That’s what it felt like.’’
After an unimpressive game featuring just two field goal attempts in 20 minutes, Howard was tossed with 9:51 left in the third quarter for his second technical foul.
Heat 88, Bucks 77 — LeBron James scored 30 points, Ray Allen had 16 points against his old team, and Miami got its first playoff sweep in the Big Three era at the expense of host Milwaukee.
And now the Heat have some much-needed time to rest. Dwyane Wade sat out Sunday’s game, only the second postseason game he’s missed in his career, because of his aching right knee. But with Miami not playing until next Saturday, at the earliest, he’ll have plenty of time to treat his bone bruises.
Miami plays the winner of the Brooklyn-Chicago series. The Bulls lead that series, 3-1, with Game 5 on Monday night in New York.
James added 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals to his performance.
Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 21 points, and Larry Sanders had 11 rebounds to go with 7 points.
Warriors 115, Nuggets 101 — Stephen Curry shook off a sore left ankle to score 22 of his 31 points in the third quarter, leading Golden State past Denver in Oakland, Calif., for a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Curry shot 10 of 16 from the floor and added seven assists in a dominant, dazzling, and sweet-shooting display that rivaled his days in the NCAA Tournament for tiny Davidson. His five 3-pointers in the third quarter lifted Golden State to a 20-point lead and its third straight victory in this frenetic and flashy series.
Jarrett Jack added 21 points and nine assists and Andrew Bogut broke out in the first half with 12 points and five rebounds for the sixth-seeded Warriors, who can close out the Nuggets in Game 5 on Tuesday night in Denver.
Ty Lawson scored 26 points and Andre Iguodala had 19 for the third-seeded Nuggets.
But Milwaukee got almost nothing again from Brandon Jennings, who didn’t even play in the fourth quarter. Jennings, who had guaranteed the Bucks would win the series in six games, finished with 3 points on 1-of-7 shooting.
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