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2013 NBA Playoffs: Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs, Western Conference First Round, Game 4

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2013 NBA Playoffs Western Conference First Round
Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs

Series Index:

G.1: Spurs 91, Lakers 79 - at San Antonio
G.2: Spurs 102, Lakers 91 - at San Antonio
G.3: Spurs 120, Lakers 89 - at Los Angeles
G.4: Spurs 103, Lakers 82 - at Los Angeles
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Los Angeles Lakers 0 - 4 San Antonio Spurs

GAME 4: San Antonio Spurs 103 - L.A. Lakers 82

Leaders Points Rebounds Assists
Spurs Parker: 23 Leonard: 7 Ginobili/Joseph: 6
Lakers Gasol: 16 Gasol/Howard: 8 Duhon: 7
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
SAS 26 26 26 25 103
LAL 20 14 24 24 82
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Apr 28 - Los Angeles. Thinking that is was possible to outrun the rivals with Nash, Bryant, World Peace, Gasol and Howard sounded like a crazy idea from day one, and the first year of the D'Antoni's experiment ended in a way that didn't surprise anybody. With a 103-82 win, the Spurs swept the Lakers in the first round of the 2013 Playoffs.

Due to the injuries of Nash, Blake, Meeks and World Peace, the Lakers started this game with Morris, Goudelock and Clark, committed 8 turnovers in the first quarter and the rest of the night was just an anecdote. Even the ejection of Dwight Howard in the third quarter didn't matter, there was no chance the Lakers could win this game or revert the mess the Lakers management created by bringing D'Antoni.

By the end there were just empty seats and the ghost of Phil Jackson floating in the air of the Staples Center. Kobe Bryant with his crutches was also there, in the second row behind the bench trying to support his teammates.

The Spurs never trailed and led by as many as 25 points while just one of their players stayed in the floor more than 30 minutes.

In what could have been his final game as a Laker, Dwight Howard had just 7 points, attempted 2 field goals and was ejected two minutes into the second half after receiving his second technical foul for arguing with the referees. He exchanged words with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak in his way to the locker room.

Pau Gasol, the Lakers most consistent player during this offseason and the one who suffered the most with the implementation of D'Antoni's system, got a standing ovation by the fans that were still in the stadium when he left the game with 3:08 to play.

The Quotes

Mike D'Antoni (LAL Coach): "I'm proud of them, because they fought, It was kind of a year that was all upside-down, but I appreciate the effort to get us into the playoffs. We just didn't have it."

Pau Gasol (Lakers): "I wish he (Howard) didn't get ejected so ... he would have stuck all the way through with the team,"

Dwight Howard (Lakers): "(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."... "I've got to do a better job of keeping my cool, It's very tough, you're out there playing most of the game, I don't want to lose, and sometimes when things don't go your way, sometimes you react the wrong way and I just got to keep my cool."

Gregg Popovich  (Spurs Coach): "Obviously, it wasn't a fair fight."... "What I was pleased about our team is the way we focused every night, Sometimes that's hard to do when your opponent is wounded

Highlights

Los Angeles Lakers San Antonio Spurs
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Pau Gasol 16 8 5 - 2  
A. Goudelock 14 4 1 1 -  
Antawn Jamison 12 5 1 - -  
Chris Duhon 11 2 7 - 1  
Darius Morris 8 3 6 - -  
Leaders: Pts Reb Ast St Bl More
Tony Parker 23 3 4 2 -  
Tim Duncan 11 6 2 1 1  
Kawhi Leonard 13 7 1 3 -  
DeJuan Blair 13 5 - 2 -  
Gary Neal 11 2 2 2 -  

Complete Boxscore

SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Tim Duncan, PF 29 4-9 0-0 3-3 1 5 6 2 1 1 2 1 +7 11
Aron Baynes, PF 16 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 +15 6
Kawhi Leonard, SF 32 5-10 1-2 2-2 1 6 7 1 3 0 0 0 +13 13
Tony Parker, PG 26 9-16 0-1 5-5 2 1 3 4 2 0 0 0 +11 23
Danny Green, SG 24 4-11 1-3 0-0 2 3 5 2 0 1 0 1 +6 9
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Matt Bonner, PF 22 1-4 1-1 2-2 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 1 +3 5
DeJuan Blair, C 19 6-9 0-0 1-2 2 3 5 0 2 0 0 4 +14 13
Patty Mills, PG 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 -2 0
Gary Neal, PG 21 3-7 2-4 3-3 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 +13 11
Cory Joseph, PG 18 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 3 +12 4
Nando de Colo, PG 4 0-2 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
Manu Ginobili, SG 20 2-6 0-3 4-6 0 3 3 6 1 1 2 2 +9 8
Tracy McGrady, SG 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 +2 0
Totals 39-84 5-16 20-23 10 30 40 24 13 3 8 14   103
Percentages: 46.4% 31.3% 87.0%
Fast break points:   19
Points in the paint:   44
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   8 (4)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Starters Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Pau Gasol, PF 35 8-12 0-0 0-1 1 7 8 5 0 2 5 1 -19 16
Earl Clark, SF 31 3-6 0-1 0-0 2 4 6 0 0 0 2 2 -13 6
Dwight Howard, C 21 2-2 0-0 3-9 1 7 8 1 0 0 5 2 -14 7
Andrew Goudelock, PG 33 7-17 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 2 4 -23 14
Darius Morris, PG 37 3-12 0-2 2-2 0 3 3 6 0 0 3 0 -15 8
Bench Min FG 3P FT Off Def Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- Pts 
Antawn Jamison, PF 23 5-9 2-4 0-0 1 4 5 1 0 0 0 3 -9 12
Robert Sacre, C 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 +2 0
Jordan Hill, C 15 4-7 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 2 0 1 -2 8
Chris Duhon, PG 43 4-10 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 7 0 1 4 2 -12 11
Devin Ebanks, SF DNP COACH'S DECISION
Metta World Peace, SF DNP POPLITEAL CYST, LEFT KNEE
Steve Nash, PG DNP STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING
Jodie Meeks, SG DNP SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE
Totals 36-76 5-17 5-12 7 34 41 22 2 5 21 15   82
Percentages: 47.4% 29.4% 41.7%
Fast break points:   4
Points in the paint:   48
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   22 (24)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
 Flagrant Fouls: None
 Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 3 LALAKERS ( D Howard 2, D Morris 1 ) - TEAMS: None - COACHES: None
 Officials: Derrick Stafford, Rodney Mott, Bennie Adams
 Attendance: 18,997
 Time of Game: 2:16

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