After L.A. absolutely smoked them four games earlier, everyone figured that Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs would have a score to settle on Tuesday night. A hot, Andrew Bynum-led Lakers unit versus the Western Conference’s top team in an early playoff preview had all the makings of a great battle. In theory.
Of course, what works on paper doesn’t always work in practice. The Spurs owned the Lakers from start to finish and, when it was all said and done, they ultimately came out with a huge 112-91 statement victory at Staples.
Tony Parker finished with 29 points and 13 dimes, and Tim Duncan pitched in 19 points and eight rebounds. On the other side, Bynum -- who had 30 boards in these two teams’ last meeting -- finished with a relatively quiet 21 points and seven rebounds.
Because of how badly San Antonio owned the home team, fans were forced to find other means of entertainment throughout the game.
Enter America’s Sweethearts: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
Here is the Biebs doing radio play-by-play with the 710 crew:
And here is him locking lips with the wife on the kiss cam:
Outside of that, this might have been the most boring, uneventful game of the season for Lakers faithful.
These two teams are scheduled to meet again on Friday, in San Antonio.
(Kudos to Larry Brown Sports for the photos)