San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 100-81 Sunday to clinch their 13th consecutive playoff berth.
The Lakers got a season-high 32 points from Pau Gasol and 22 from Kobe Bryant, but failed to clinch the No. 1 seed in the West and heard boos from their fans.
As a result, Cleveland earned home-court advantage through the NBA finals despite losing 117-113 at Boston earlier in the day.
“They controlled the tempo,” Bryant said. “We didn’t make shots. There were stretches with opportunities to get back in the ballgame and we just couldn’t put the ball in the hole.”
Lamar Odom had 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, which had its seven-game home winning streak ended.