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Tony Parker, Spurs take 3-0 series lead over Jazz

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(Jeremy Harmon | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gordon Hayward tries to block a shot from Tony Parker as the Jazz host the Spurs in the first round of the NBA playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday, May 5, 2012.

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published May 05 2012 07:34PM
Updated May 7, 2012 01:46PM

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.

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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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