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“The thing that we can be happy with is our defense,” Parker said. “That’s why we won the game. We held the Lakers to 79 points, that’s great. Offensively, we had a lot of great shots, shots that we used to make, so I’m not really worried about the offense. I’m more worried about the defensive end (and) if we can play the same game, because the whole month of April we were not that good on defense.”

The Spurs allowed 97.3 points in their final 10 games of the regular season, but held the Lakers to their third-lowest point total of the season.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Pau Gasol added 16 points and 16 rebounds. Steve Nash scored 16 points and Steve Blake had 12, but no one else had more than six points.

“The Spurs didn’t lose many games at home,” Nash said. “It’s not an easy place to come and win. We played pretty well defensively and not well enough offensively. If we can have a better game in Game 2, we have a chance. I don’t want to get too carried away about the position we are in.”

The Lakers pulled within four points twice in the third quarter, but were unable to get any closer. Injured star Kobe Bryant, who watched the national broadcast, tweeted that it was a game the Lakers could have stolen.

“Anytime you lose in the playoffs, you feel regret of some sort,” Nash said. “But I think our team, where we’re at, we want to take the positive and try to move on to Game 2 and have a better performance.”

Bryant tweeted throughout the game, stressing the Lakers needed to work the ball more inside. Los Angeles had 40 points in the paint, but Bryant tweeted “Post. Post. Post.”

Bryant is out for the season with a torn Achilles.

Ginobili said he considered tweeting while watching the Spurs‘ games when he was injured, but opted not to.

“It’s not my style,” Ginobili said. “I thought about it the previous games before the end of the season when I was staying here and my teammates were on the road. Just to give a different view to some fans, I think it could be nice and different, but it depends on every individual what they want to tweet or talk about.”