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reasons to be glad the regular season is over.

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SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers have vastly different reasons to be glad the regular season is over. Fake Balenciaga . San Antonio can focus on possible redemption after losing a heartbreaking seven-game series to the Miami Heat in the NBA finals. Los Angeles can salve its wounds and begin regrouping after an abysmal season for the storied franchise. Jordan Hill had 18 points and 14 rebounds and the Lakers closed their worst season since they moved to Los Angeles with a 113-100 victory over the Spurs on Wednesday night. "At this point were just happy we got our win," Lakers centre Robert Sacre said. "Im going to miss a lot of guys, whoever comes back or if Im not here, who knows." Kawhi Leonard had 14 points to lead San Antonio, which will make its 17th straight post-season appearance after clinching the Wests top seed for the third time in four years. "Were impressed, but it doesnt matter," Leonard said. "Were trying to win a championship. Were the No. 1 seed, but the playoffs are coming up. (The regular season is) behind us." The Spurs open the playoffs Sunday against the Dallas, which lost 106-105 in overtime to Memphis on Wednesday. The post-season preparation began as soon as the game ended, with San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich rushing through a 15-second interview to catch the end of the Grizzlies-Mavericks game. "We had a good regular season and now the post-season," Popovich said. "It starts at noon on Sunday; and well see who it is. Two teams that are playing right now, so Im going to go watch them. You guys take care." San Antonio (62-19) had an opportunity to match its best record, but no Spurs played more than 27 minutes to rest in preparation for defence of their conference title. Austin Daye had 13 points in 14 minutes and Tiago Splitter, Tony Parker and Cory Joseph had 12 points apiece. Spurs veterans Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli both sat out the game for rest. After a rash of injuries early, the Spurs are healthy heading into the post-season, unlike last year when Parker and Manu Ginobili were battling injuries. "Well of course, last year it was tough," Ginobili said. "I missed the last two weeks of the competition, I think, before the first game of the playoffs. It was an awkward end of the season. This year, Im much better. The whole team is in a much better situation. It doesnt mean anything. Its just what it is." Los Angeles (27-55) battled injuries throughout this season, losing franchise cornerstone Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee) early in the season and suffering through injuries to Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and many others. The Lakers are expected to look dramatically different next season after finishing with their worst record since moving to Los Angeles. Coach Mike DAntoni and Gasol are among those whose futures with the team are in question after the Lakers missed the post-season for just the third time since 1977. When asked if he was glad this season was over, DAntoni admitted he was. "To a certain extent," DAntoni said. "Still, its about relationships and coaching and how you bond together, you hate that comes to an end." The Lakers closed with a flourish by this seasons standards, winning their final two games. "Thats just been us all year," Young said, "not to give up or go through the motions. We try to go out there and play our hearts out and get a victory. Instead of losing tonight, we felt we wanted to win and it does feel better." Young scored 16 points and Kendall Marshall added 15 points. San Antonio was listless throughout much of the game, but its 9-for-28 start had more to do with missing open shots than Los Angeles defence. The Spurs were 10 for 29 on 3s, having numerous shots bound off the side of the rim. Hill flourished with Duncan out of the lineup, dunking twice and having a tip follow while going 3 for 5 to open the game. NOTES: Duncan missed seven games this season with all but one for rest. The exception was when he sat out the teams second game of the season, a victory over the Lakers on Nov. 1, with a bruised chest. ... Nash (nerve root irritation) worked out before the game, but did not play. ... San Antonio Stars guard Kayla McBride, the No. 3 overall pick in Tuesdays WNBA draft, was introduced during the opening quarter. Fake Balenciaga 2020 .com) - Virginia is for loving Latrell Scott. Balenciaga Shoes Sale . The Marlies centre set up three goals, including the game-winner, as Toronto cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons in American Hockey League action. https://www.fakebalenciaga.com/ . Stiverne stopped Chris Arreola in the sixth round Saturday night, claiming the WBC heavyweight title belt vacated by Vitali Klitschko.PRETORIA, South Africa - More than a year after he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius is expected to finally answer questions about why he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door when his murder trial resumes this week and his defence lawyers begin presenting the evidence they hope will save the Olympic athlete from going to prison for 25 years to life. Pistorius account that he killed Steenkamp by mistake is going to "stand or fall" with his testimony in court, a legal expert says. Charged with premeditated murder for Steenkamps death, Pistorius and his defence team say he will testify to counter accusations that he intentionally killed Steenkamp by firing four times through the door in his bathroom before dawn on Valentines Day last year, hitting her in the head, arm and hip. Pistorius says he mistook Steenkamp for a dangerous intruder hiding in a toilet cubicle. South Africa has no trial by jury, meaning Judge Thokozile Masipa will pronounce Pistorius guilty or not guilty of murder, and Pistorius has the chance to convince her that he did not intentionally kill the 29-year-old model. But Pistorius testimony also gives prosecutors the chance to cross-examine the celebrated double-amputee runner and scrutinize every aspect of his story. Facing a possible life sentence, his questioning by chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel could be the biggest challenge yet for the 27-year-old Pistorius, a disabled athlete who fought for years to win the right to compete alongside able-bodied runners and made history by running at the 2012 Olympics. Brian Webber, one of Pistorius lawyers, said they had no choice but to put Pistorius on the stand. Legal experts say its a risk Pistorius defence has to take. In a rare comment after the prosecution closed its case, Pistorius said "we have a lot ahead of us." Pistorius often reacted emotionally to details of Steenkamps death in the four weeks of prosecution-led testimony at his trial. He retched loudly and vomited in court when a pathologist described Steenkamps grisly injuries and cried and frequently covered his ears while sittiing in the dock in an apparent attempt to block out graphic testimony. Fake Balenciaga For Sale. During his own testimony, he will have to describe in depth his fatal shooting of Steenkamp. "He cant ignore it," Marius du Toit, a criminal defence lawyer and former state prosecutor in South Africa who is observing the trial, said of Pistorius testifying. "He has to get into the box and confirm his version and be open to cross-examination. And this matter is going to stand or fall with that." Defendants in South Africa have the right to remain silent but because he has admitted killing Steenkamp, Pistorius is under pressure to tell the court why he decided to shoot through the door with his 9 mm pistol without knowing in his version who was on the other side. Prosecutors charge that Pistorius murdered Steenkamp after a fight and he must dispel their accusations that he intentionally shot her as she hid behind the locked door, legal experts say. Pistorius likely wont be the first witness the defence calls on Monday, but he should take the stand straight after pathologist Prof. Jan Botha gives evidence. Pistorius has not yet spoken publicly about the shooting, only giving his side in a written statement at his bail hearing a year ago and in court documents presented at the start of the trial last month. In those statements, Pistorius claims to have been in a loving relationship with Steenkamp but, in fear for his life, he shot at what he thought was an intruder after hearing a window being opened in his bathroom and then a noise inside the cubicle. Even if he is acquitted of murder, Pistorius faces a negligent killing conviction which can carry a five-year prison sentence. His testimony must show that he acted reasonably when he shot four times from close range. "A reasonable man most probably would not have fired four shots through the door," lawyer and observer du Toit said. "His actions were definitely not reasonable and I think thats his biggest problem." ___ Gerald Imray is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GeraldImrayAP ' ' '

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