Spurs @ Jazz Game 4
Spurs 101 Jazz 80
With their backs against the wall, the Jazz looked to extend the series as well as their season in front of the hometown fans. However that wouldn't happen because the Spurs are playing the best basketball in the NBA and have been for some time now. With too many weapons the Spurs cruised to a 21 point victory and completed the sweep, moving on to the second round of the playoffs.
The Spurs outscored the Jazz in every quarter of this game, and it was a double digit game basically as soon as the second quarter started. At the end of the first, the Spurs led 25-17 before taking a 47-35 lead at half. After three quarters it was 70-55 and the final score was 101-80.
Tony Parker continued his excellence as he led all scorers with 30 points (10-20, 1-3 3pt, 9-11 ft), 5 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals. Manu Ginobili was great off the bench scoring 15 points (5-10, 2-4 3pt, 3-5 ft), 5 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals. Matt Bonner had 11 points in 16 minutes off the bench going 4-5 from the field and 3-3 from downtown. Tim Duncan only scored 6 points but had 17 rebounds including 6 offensive. As a team San Antonio shot 43% from the field (29-68, 6-14 3pt) and were 37-47 from the foul line. They had 19 offensive rebounds, and out rebounded Utah 50-37.
Paul Milsap led the Jazz in points with 17 (7-16, 3-4 ft) and had 9 rebounds. Al Jefferson was the only other Jazz in double figures with 12 (5-12, 2-2 ft) along with 6 boards and 4 blocks. Derrick Favors had a nice game off the bench with 8 points and 9 boards. Devin Harris shot 3-13 from the field finishing with 8 points, 4 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals. As a team the Jazz shot 36% from the field (24-67, 1-6 3pt) and were 31-37 from the field. They committed 18 turnovers in the game.
Tony Parker averaged 19.5 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.3 rebounds for the series. Tim Duncan averaged 12.3 points, and 10.8 rebounds. Manu Ginobili averaged 18.5 points, 4.8 boards and 5 assists.
Paul Milsap averaged 17.3 points, and 11.5 rebounds. Al Jefferson averaged 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds.
The Spurs beat the Jazz 4-0 in the series
Spurs @ Jazz Game 3
Spurs 98 Jazz 84
Up 2-0, the Spurs are proving that their depth, veteran leadership and talent is not something to be taken lightly as they've handle the Jazz with ease. Game 3 was no different as the Spurs cruised easily to take a 3-0 lead in the series.
The Spurs held a 26-18 lead at the end of the first but the Jazz cut that lead to 49-44 at half. In the second half though it was all Spurs as they went up 11 at the end of three quarters and went on to win the game 98-84, and go up 3-0 in the series.
Manu Ginobili led the way off the bench with 20 points (6-11, 2-4 3pt, 6-7 ft), 5 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals. Tony Parker continues to make a case as the best point guard in the NBA with 16 points (6-13, 4-4 ft), 3 boards and 7 assists. Tim Duncan had 13 points (5-12, 3-4 ft), 7 boards and 3 blocked shots. Stephen Jackson only shot 4-15 off the bench but he finished with 11 points, 5 boards and 4 assists. Matt Bonner made the most of his limited minutes scoring 6 points (2 3's) and 5 boards. It was a great team effort as the Spurs shot 41% from the field (33-81, 7-21 3pt) and 25-33 from the foul line. They only committed 11 turnovers and had 25 assists on 33 baskets.
Utah got double double's from their two big men but it wasn't enough in this one. Al Jefferson had 19 points (7-17, 5-7 ft) and 13 boards including 6 offensive with 2 blocks. Paul Milsap scored 13 points (4-16, 5-6 ft) with 15 boards including 4 offensive. Josh Howard had 13 points in 17 minutes. Gordon Hayward was 4-10 from the field but finished with 10 points, 8 boards, 4 assists and 3 blocks. Derrick Favors had 6 points, 5 boards (3 offensive) and 2 blocks. The Jazz dominated the boards 57-45, as they had 21 offensive rebounds, however their 20 turnovers really hurt them. As a team they shot 36% (30-83, 2-10 3pt) and 22-29 from the foul line.
Game 4 is Monday in Utah
Jazz @ Spurs Game 2Spurs 100 Jazz 87
With the Spurs winning easily in game 1, they made it clear they are making a strong run at the NBA championship this year.
After a strong 1st half by the Jazz, in which they led 49-47 at half, the Spurs used their bench to help run away with the game in the 2nd half. The Spurs outscored the Jazz 53-38 in the 2nd half to win 100-87 and take a 2-0 lead in the series. You really have to credit the Spurs bench as they come in and play great, and with their great rotation it keeps an older team relatively fresh throughout the game.
Three Spurs scored 18 points, and two were bench players. Tony Parker was the lone starter with 18 (7-20, 2-4 3pt, 2-3 ft) and he also had 6 assists and 6 steals. Manu Ginobili (6-14, 2-7 3pt, 4-4 ft) and Stephen Jackson (6-10, 3-6 3pt, 3-3) each scored 18 as well. Ginobili had 5 boards, 5 assits and 3 steals as well. Tim Duncan had 12 points despite going 3-11 from the field but had 8 boards and 2 blocks. Kawhi Leonard finished with 10 points as the only other Spur in double figures. The Spurs bench actually outscored their starters 55-45. As a team the Spurs shot 42% (32-77, 7-23 3pt) and 29-40 from the foul line.
Despite shooting 51% (33-65, 3-5 3pt) the Jazz could not hold on in the 2nd half to get a win in San Antonio before heading home. In the 2nd half they got very sloppy with the ball and most of their 20 turnovers came in the 2nd half. Devin Harris led the Jazz with 21 points (7-13, 2-2 3pt, 5-6 ft) and Paul Milsap had a double double with 17 (7-13, 3-3 ft) and 10 boards along with 3 steals and a block. Gordon Hayward scored 12 points on 4-9 shooting. Al Jefferson struggled in this one going 4-13 from the line for 8 points and did not take a single foul shot. He also had 8 boards and 3 blocks. Rookie Alec Burks had 9 points in 11 minutes off the bench going 4-4 from the field and hitting a 3. Derrick Favors also had a solid game off the bench scoring 6 points going 2-2 from the field and foul line, 4 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals. The Jazz will need to limit the turnovers in game 3 to get back into the series.
Game 3 is Saturday in Utah.
Jazz @ Spurs Game 1
Spurs 109 Jazz 81
The Utah Jazz fought their way into the playoffs, but knew they wouldn't have an easy task, running into the hottest team in the NBA. San Antonio finished the regular season tied for the best record in the NBA at 50-16. A lot of critics say that the Spurs are too old and that they will get worn out but they showed no indication of that in game 1. They let everyone know they were ready to play as they jumped out to a 36-19 lead after the first quarter. After another 29 point quarter, the Spurs led the Jazz 65-49 at half. Utah never got back into this game and the Spurs used another big fourth quarter offensively and defensively to finish off the Jazz in game one 109-81.
Tim Duncan showed he wasn't too "old" to sit this one out as he led the Spurs with 18 points (8-16, 2-3 ft) and 11 boards (4 off, 7 def). Ginobili had a great game off the bench, dropping in a team high 21 points (6-13, 1-7 3pt, 8-9 ft) to go along with his 4 boards and 7 assists. Tony Parker was chasing a triple double but due to the big lead he sat out the entire fourth quarter but finished with 14 points (5-10, 1-1 3pt, 3-4 ft), 6 boards and 7 assists. As the minutes were spread around, the Spurs had 6 players with 12 or more points, the other three being Danny Green with 15 (5-8, 2-2 3pt, 3-4 ft), the rookie Kawhi Leonard with 13 (2-4, 1-1 3pt, 8-9 ft) along with 8 boards, and Stephen Jackson with 12 (4-8, 4-4 ft). For a team effort, this was as solid as it gets. The Spurs nearly played perfect basketball and if they keep this up, they will be playing deep into the NBA playoffs.
On the other side, the Jazz really struggled in this one. Aside from Paul Millsap's 22 points (8-15, 6-8 ft) and 12 boards (5 off, 7 def) and Devin Harris' 19 points (6-19, 7-11 ft), nobody showed up offensively. Al Jefferson who was in foul trouble as he had difficultly handling Duncan only scored 10 points on 4-11 shooting and had 6 boards. The Jazz are going to have to shoot better than 36% (30-82) if they want to stay in games with the Spurs and avoid a quick sweep. Also they only attempted 5 three pointers in this one, so it'll be interesting to see if they attack from downtown more often in game two.
Game 2 is Wednesday Night in San Antonio