Tony Parker, Spurs take 3-0 series lead over Jazz
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published May 05 2012 07:34PM
Tony Parker scored 27 points and Tim Duncan added 17 as the San Antonio Spurs took a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against Utah with a 102-90 victory over the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.
The First: Spurs 30, Jazz 28
Tim Duncan gives the Spurs a 6-0 lead in the first 64 seconds with two baskets and two free throws. The Jazz convert six of their next nine possessions, however, and Devin Harris breaks out of a playoff slump by scoring 12 points.
The Second: Spurs 52, Jazz 50
The Jazz get a huge lift from aggressive rookie Alec Burks. He scores seven of their first nine points and helps them build a 43-40 lead with 3:30 remaining. But San Antonio hurts Utah with its pick-and-roll and scores 12 points from the final 2:15.
The Third: Spurs 75, Jazz 68
The Jazz take a 58-56 lead and have momentum, but the Spurs turn two offensive rebounds into five quick points. Stephen Jackson caps a 10-2 run that makes it 66-60 with 5:07 remaining and Utah makes only two of its last seven shots.
The Fourth: Spurs 102, Jazz 90
The Spurs drop the hammer. Tiago Splitter scores two easy baskets and Jackson finishes a fast break. Utah’s first two possessions result in missed jump shots by Al Jefferson. San Antonio takes an 81-68 lead and cruises.
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