Manu Ginobili cautioned against expecting too much from him in his second game back from a hamstring injury.
All he did is help the San Antonio Spurs snap a three-game skid and win their playoff opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ginobili and Tony Parker scored 18 points each as the Spurs led from early in the first quarter and beat the Lakers, 91-79, on Sunday in San Antonio.
‘‘It was great to have Manu back,’’ Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ‘‘He does what he does. He makes big shots. He creates problems for the opponent and he’s got a great will, a great desire.”
In his 11th season, Ginobili has battled leg injuries all season and was playing for the second time following a nine-game absence due to a strained right hamstring. He looked like his old self, going 6 for 13 from the field and 3 for 5 on threes in 19 minutes.
‘‘I feel good,’’ Ginobili said. ‘‘I’m very happy that I played the whole game, that I didn’t get hurt and that I scored a little bit.’’
Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Bonner had 10 points, and Kawhi Leonard had 8 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.
Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Steve Nash scored 16 points, and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles.
Despite getting double-doubles from Howard and Gasol, the Lakers failed to take full advantage of their inside presence, much to the consternation of the injured Kobe Bryant, who watched the national broadcast.
‘‘Post. Post. Post,’’ Bryant, sidelined with a torn Achilles’, tweeted in reference to the Lakers’ offense.
‘‘Yea, that’s what we did,’’ Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said when asked about Bryant’s tweet. ‘‘It’s great to have that commentary.’’
Heat 110, Bucks 87 — In Miami, LeBron James scored 27 points on 9-for-11 shooting, Ray Allen scored 20 off the bench, and the Heat never trailed on the way to beating Milwaukee.
Dwyane Wade scored 16, Chris Bosh added 15, and Chris Andersen had 10 for the Heat, who opened their title defense by holding Milwaukee to 42 percent shooting.
Brandon Jennings scored 26 points and Monta Ellis added 22 for the Bucks, who have not won the opening game of a playoff series since May 2001.
Thunder 120, Rockets 91 — Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Russell Westbrook made a run at a triple-double in three quarters, and Oklahoma City routed ex-teammate James Harden and visiting Houston in Game 1.
After letting Houston wipe away an 11-point deficit in the first half, the Thunder regained control with a 14-1 surge just before halftime and kept pouring it on.
Harden, playing against the team that traded him away just before the season started, had 20 points but the league’s second-highest scoring offense was held 15 points below its regular-season average while shooting 36 percent.
Pacers 107, Hawks 90 — Paul George scored 23 points and recorded his first playoff triple-double, leading Indiana past Atlanta for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.
George made just 3 of 13 shots, but was 17 of 18 from the free throw line and had 11 rebounds and 12 assists. George Hill added 18 points despite playing with a left groin injury.
It’s the first time since 2006 that the Pacers have opened a playoff series with a win.
Atlanta was led by Jeff Teague with 21 points and Josh Smith with 15.
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All-Star forward David Lee of the Warriors is out for the season after injuring his hip during Golden State’s 97-95 loss to Denver in Game 1 Saturday. MRI results showed a torn right hip flexor.
Lee led the NBA in double-doubles with 56 this season. He averaged 18.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.