2011 NBA Playoffs: Lakers, Spurs Suffer Shock Defeats
Upsets rocked the NBA Playoffs on Sunday, as the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and Western Conference top seed San Antonio Spurs absorbed shocking defeats against their lower seeded opponents.
The two-time defending champion Lakers were burned at home by the seventh-seeded New Orleans Hornets no thanks to a sizzling performance by Chris Paul, who torched Los Angeles with 33 points to go with 14 assists and seven rebounds. The Hornets clicked both in defense and offense en route to the 109-100 victory over the Lakers, who drew 34 points from Kobe Bryant but could only get eight points from Pau Gasol.
Meanwhile, the eight-ranked Memphis Grizzlies won their first-ever playoff game in franchise history, stunning the top-seeded Spurs in San Antonio, 101-98. Shane Battier delivered a three-pointer with 23.9 seconds remaining to break a 98-98 deadlock and put the Grizzlies on the brink of their first post-season win since they joined the league 16 years ago. The Memphis celebration was completed when Richard Jefferson missed a three-point try as time expired. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 25 points while Marc Gasol added 24.