NBA playoff scores: Lakers vanquished, Celtics survive, Warriors win behind Stephen Curry

Jeff Gross

The Lakers' nightmarish season ended with a whimper at the hands of the Spurs. Meanwhile, the Celtics forced a Game 5, Stephen Curry went crazy on a sprained ankle and the Heat put away the Bucks.

There were four more NBA playoff games on Sunday, with two first-round series coming to an end. Let's take a look at the action.

Spurs 103, Lakers 82

With seemingly half the roster on the injured list, the Los Angeles Lakers were mercifully swept away by the San Antonio Spurs, losing 103-82 and bringing a nightmarish season to an end. For good measure, Dwight Howard was ejected from the game to close out what could be his only season in Los Angeles.

The Spurs were in control from the start, going up six after one quarter and extending their lead out to 18 at halftime. The rest was a mere formality, as the hobbled Lakers never mounted much of a comeback. The closest the Lakers would get in the second half was 16 points.

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Kawhi Leonard added 13 points and seven rebounds, while DeJuan Blair had 13 points and five rebounds in just 19 minutes off the bench. The Spurs' final shooting numbers were not all that impressive, but they did outscore the Lakeres 20-5 from the free throw line.

Pau Gasol had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the loss, and he exited the game to a standing ovation late in the fourth quarter. Like Howard, Gasol's future in Los Angeles is also uncertain, meaning this could have been the Spaniard's last game in a Lakers uniform.

Celtics 97, Knicks 90 (OT)

Midway through the third quarter in Game 4 against the New York Knicks, it looked like the Boston Celtics were well on their way to avoiding a sweep and forcing a Game 5. But the Celtics were sure to make things difficult, blowing a 20-point lead and needing overtime to beat the Knicks, 97-90.

Paul Pierce had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but it was Jason Terry who played hero in overtime, scoring the last nine Celtics points to help pull out the win. Terry finished the game with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Jeff Green and Kevin Garnett were also huge, with Green pouring in 26 points and Garnett putting up 13 points and 17 rebounds.

Boston dominated in the first half, going up by 19 at the break and by as many as 20 early in the third quarter. But continuing a trend, the Celtics' offense in the second half went in the tank as the Knicks roared back. New York finally caught Boston early in the fourth quarter, and the two teams battled it out down the stretch before the Celtics took it in overtime.

Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points to lead the Knicks, but he shot 10-of-35 and missed a couple of key free throws late in regulation. Raymond Felton picked up the slack in the absence of the suspended J.R. Smith, scoring 27 points, with 16 of those coming in the third quarter.

Warriors 115, Nuggets 101

Stephen Curry went on a scoring bonanza in the third quarter, scoring 22 of his game-high 31 points in the third in the Golden State Warriors' 115-101 victory over the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors now lead the series 3-1.

Curry was quiet for the first half as he battled a sprained left ankle. He took just three shots in the half, but came out much more aggressive in the third quarter. The Warriors' star made seven straight shots at one point, including four three-pointers as Golden State turned a close game into a blowout.

Curry got plenty of help, as Jarrett Jack continued his excellent play with 21 points and nine assists. Carl Landry had 17 points off the bench and Andrew Bogut set a playoff career-high with 12 points. The Warriors shot 55.7 percent from the field and made 11-of-26 from deep.

Ty Lawson did his best to keep the Nuggets in it in the third quarter, scoring 15 of his team-high 26 points in the quarter. But once Curry caught fire, not even Lawson's strong play would matter. Compounding the issue for Denver was their inability to protect the basketball, as they turned it over 23 times, leading to 33 Warriors points.

Heat 88, Bucks 77

LeBron James had 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Miami Heat casually swept away the Milwaukee Bucks despite Dwyane Wade resting his sore knee.

The Heat jumped out to a nine-point lead in the first quarter, and although the game remained close throughout, they would never trail. The Bucks got to within two early in the fourth quarter, but a 19-5 Heat run put to rest any doubt of the outcome.

In addition to James' excellent game, Ray Allen came off the bench to score 16 points and grab seven rebounds, knocking down four three-pointers in the process. Udonis Haslem scored in double figures for the second game in a row, putting up 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 19 minutes.

Monta Ellis had 21 points and eight assists to lead the Bucks. Mike Dunleavy had a solid game off the bench, scoring 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Brandon Jennings went out quietly, scoring three points on 1-of-7 shooting, failing terribly at backing up his pre-series boast of "Bucks in 6."

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