U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 25 (EFE).- Point guard Tony Parker had a big night individually and smoothly orchestrated his team's offense as the San Antonio Spurs cruised past the Los Angeles Lakers 102-91 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven, first-round playoff series.
Parker scored 28 points on 9-of-20 shooting from the field Wednesday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, including 24 in the second half, to lead five Spurs players in double figures.
He also dished out seven assists and repeatedly broke down the Lakers' defense in the fourth quarter, when San Antonio put the game out of reach by building a 91-74 lead with just over six minutes remaining.
Argentine Manu Ginobili, meanwhile, played a key role off the bench in the first half, scoring 12 of his 13 points in the first two quarters and nailing three of his four attempts from three-point range.
The Spurs also did an excellent job of containing the Lakers' star big men, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, holding them to 16 points and 13 points, respectively, and only allowing them a combined total of nine free-throw attempts.
With Kobe Bryant out for the playoffs with a torn Achilles tendon, the Lakers will likely need much more productive games from each of those players to get back in the series.
The Lakers will host Game 3 at Staples Center on Friday night.
In other playoff action Wednesday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder edged the Houston Rockets 105-102 and the Indiana Pacers topped the Atlanta Hawks 113-98.
With their wins, the Thunder and Pacers now have 2-0 leads in their respective first-round series.