Spurs sink Bryant-less Lakers
The San Antonio Spurs made home advantage count in the first match of their NBA play-off series against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili led the scoring in the 91-79 success at AT&T Center with 18 points apiece as the Lakers - minus Kobe Bryant - went down in the Western Conference first round clash.
Oklahoma City Thunder swept aside the Houston Rockets 120-91 in their series opener at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Kevin Durant led the home effort with 24 points as the Thunder won all four quarters on the way to a convincing success.
James Harden poured in 20 for the Rockets.
The Indiana Pacers saw off the visiting Atlanta Hawks 107-90 in their Eastern Conference play-off opener at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Paul George was the star of the show for the hosts with 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds
The Miami Heat were commanding winners in their opener against the Milwaukee Bucks, winning all four quarters and eventually prevailing 110-87. LeBron James finished with 27 points for the victors, while Ray Allen chipped in with 20.