SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, May 28
Detroit at Boston (8:30 p.m. EDT). The Celtics' only loss at home (9-1) in the playoffs was to the Pistons in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The series is tied 2-2.

STAR
Tuesday
-Kobe Bryant, Lakers, had 28 points and 10 rebounds, leading Los Angeles to a 93-91 victory over San Antonio and a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.


FIRST TIME
San Antonio lost at home for the first time in eight games this postseason Tuesday night, 93-91 to the Lakers. Los Angeles leads the Western Conference finals 3-1.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Tim Duncan had 29 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and three steals, but San Antonio came up short in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night, losing 93-91 to the Lakers to fall behind 3-1 in the series.

HELP PLEASE
Tim Duncan (29) and Tony Parker (23) combined for 52 of San Antonio's 59 points by its starters in a 93-91 loss to the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night. Center Fabricio Oberto and shooting guard Michael Finley went scoreless, although Finley played only 8:54 and was mostly replaced by also ineffectual Manu Ginobili (seven points). Brent Barry had 23 points coming off the bench for the Spurs, who trail the series 3-1.

STICKING AROUND
Sacramento exercised its club option for president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie on Tuesday, committing to him through the 2009-10 season. Petrie has worked 14 years for the Kings and twice was selected NBA executive of the year.

SPEAKING
``It was just a good defense and missed a lot of easy shots. You know, myself, Timmy (Duncan), we missed a lot of layups. It was just never - we never (were) in a good rhythm.'' - San Antonio guard Tony Parker after a 93-91 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night left the Spurs one game away from playoff elimination.

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