SAN ANTONIO — 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.
“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. I’ll worry all night about how he’ll feel in the morning. If he says he feels great, then that will be a good sign for our team.”
In his 11th season, Ginobili has battled leg injuries all season and was playing for the second time following a nine-game absence because of a strained right hamstring. He looked like his old self, going 6 for 13 from the field and 3 for 5 on 3s 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 for San Antonio.
Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles.
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 in Game 1 of the first-round series.
Dwyane Wade scored 16, Chris Bosh added 15 and Chris Andersen finished with 10 on 4 for 4 shooting 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.