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Defense spurs San Antonio to win

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2004

SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Spurs went on a 14-0 run early in the final period, and their defense held Memphis without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes in a 87-70 win Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 27 points, and Tim Duncan scored 14 of his 23 in the second half. Robert Horry added 14 points for the Spurs, who shut down Pau Gasol in the second half to win their 13th straight game.

Game 3 is Thursday night at Memphis.

Memphis, which trailed by 11 at halftime, made its push to open the third quarter. Mike Miller, held scoreless in Game 1, scored nine quick points, and a pair of free throws by Stromile Swift cut the difference to 55-54.

Robert Horry made two 3-pointers and a putback, and Parker hit his fourth 3-pointer to put the Spurs ahead 68-59 after three quarters.

Memphis didn't get its next basket until Bonzi Wells had a putback with 5:02 remaining in the game to make it 82-62.

Lakers 98, Rockets 84

LOS ANGELES Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone seldom have two bad games in a row, and their efforts helped the Los Angeles Lakers overcome Shaquille O'Neal's lowest-scoring playoff game ever.

Bryant scored 17 of his 36 points in the third quarter, and Malone had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.

O'Neal, in foul trouble most of the game, had a career playoff-low seven points and seven rebounds. His previous low was 11 points against Utah in 1997.

The best-of-seven series moves to Houston for Games 3 and 4 Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

Steve Francis, appearing in just his second playoff game, became the fourth Houston player to record a triple-double in the playoffs with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.



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