The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat completed first-round series sweeps by winning on the road.
LOS ANGELES — Tony Parker scored 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs completed their first-round Western Conference playoff sweep of the injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers with a 103-82 victory in Game 4 on Sunday night.
Earlier in the day, the defending champion Miami Heat won 88-77 in Milwaukee to sweep the Bucks in their East first-round series.
The Lakers finished without three regular starters in their first opening-round exit since 2007.
“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.”
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In his final game before unrestricted free agency, Lakers center Dwight Howard scored seven points before getting ejected early in the third quarter for arguing.
Howard said the season, his first with the Lakers, was “like a nightmare. It’s like a bad dream, and we just couldn’t wake up from it.”
James leads Heat
MILWAUKEE — LeBron James scored 30 points as the Heat swept a playoff series for the first time since James and forward Chris Bosh joined guard Dwyane Wade in Miami in 2010.
Wade missed the second postseason game of his career because of three bone bruises on his right knee.
At Celtics 97, Knicks 90 (OT)
Jason Terry, a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle, scored Boston’s last nine points to help the Celtics reduce New York’s lead in the East series to 3-1.
In Game 3, Terry was elbowed in the nose by J.R. Smith and the league suspended the Knicks’ guard for Sunday’s game.
Avoiding elimination was Terry’s main motivation. “It wasn’t really the elbow,” he said.
Boston was ahead the rest of the way after Terry’s three-pointer with 1:32 left in overtime gave it a 91-88 lead.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 29 points and Terry had 18 on 7-for-10 shooting.
Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks scored 36 points on 10-for-35 shooting.
At Warriors 115,
Stephen Curry shook off a sore left ankle to score 22 of his 31 points in the third quarter, leading Golden State past Denver for a commanding 3-1 lead in their West first-round series.
• Michael Jordan, 50, NBA legend and Charlotte Bobcats owner, married Yvette Prieto, 35, Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla.
Jordan had three children with his previous wife, Juanita. The couple’s divorce was finalized in December 2006.