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Spurs and Heat complete sweeps

BUCKS BLITZED:It was the first time the Heat have swept an NBA playoff series since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami three years ago

AP, LOS ANGELES

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, front, goes up for a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of their NBA playoff series in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters

Tony Parker scored 23 points as the San Antonio Spurs completed their playoff first-round sweep of the injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers with a 103-82 victory in Game 4 on Sunday.

Tim Duncan had 11 points and six rebounds for the second-seeded Spurs, who next face the winner of Denver’s series with Golden State in the second round.

They will get plenty of rest after flattening the Lakers, who finished without three regular starters in their first opening-round exit since 2007.

In his final game before unrestricted free agency, Dwight Howard scored seven points before getting ejected early in the third quarter for arguing.

Pau Gasol had 16 points for the Lakers, who were swept from the post-season for the second time in three years, despite a late courtside appearance by Kobe Bryant on crutches.

HEAT 88, BUCKS 77

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, LeBron James scored 30 and Ray Allen had another big game against his old team as the Miami Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference semi-finals with a victory over the Bucks.

It was the first time the Miami Heat have swept a playoff series since James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami three years ago and the Heat did not even need Wade to do it.

The guard missed only the second post-season game of his career, and the first since 2005, with three bone bruises on his right knee, but the Heat still won handily, winning their fourth straight game by double digits.

Wade will get plenty of time to rest now, too.

The Heat next face the winners of the Brooklyn Nets versus the Chicago Bulls playoff series — Chicago lead 3-1 — and the next round is not scheduled to begin until Saturday.

WARRIORS 115, NUGGETS 101

In Oakland, California, Stephen Curry shook off a sore left ankle to score 22 of his 31 points in the third quarter, leading the Warriors past the Nuggets for a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Curry shot 10 of 16 from the floor and added seven assists in a dominant and dazzling display that rivaled his days in the NCAA tournament for tiny Davidson.

His five three-pointers in the third quarter lifted Golden State to a 20-point lead and their third straight victory in the frenetic and flashy series.

Jarrett Jack added 21 points and nine assists, while Andrew Bogut broke out in the first half with 12 points and five rebounds for the sixth-seeded Warriors, who can close out the Nuggets in Game 5 today in Denver, Colorado.

Ty Lawson scored 26 points and Andre Iguodala had 19 for the third-seeded Nuggets.

CELTICS 97, KNICKS 90, OT

In Boston, Jason Terry scored Boston’s last nine points as the Celtics weathered a strong comeback by the Knicks and avoided being swept with a overtime win.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 29 points as they forced a fifth game in the series, but it was Terry who provided the finishing touches.

In Game 3, he had been elbowed by J.R. Smith and the NBA suspended the Knicks guard for Sunday’s game.

New York had tied the game 84-84 after trailing by 20 points early in the third quarter. It was 88-88 before the Celtics regained control and took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Terry.

Carmelo Anthony, who led the Knicks with 32 points, hit a short jumper, but Terry connected on a 15-footer with 50 seconds remaining for a 93-90 lead.

After Anthony missed a three-pointer with 21 seconds to go, Terry was fouled and sank both free throws. He added a layup to close out the game.

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