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San Antonio wins series 4-0 (Game 2 of 4)

San Antonio wins series 4-0

Game 1: Sunday, April 29th
Jazz91Final
Spurs106
Game 2: Wednesday, May 2nd
Jazz83Final
Spurs114
Game 3: Saturday, May 5th
Spurs102Final
Jazz90
Game 4: Monday, May 7th
Spurs87Final
Jazz81

Jazz 83

(36-30, 11-22 away)

Spurs 114

(50-16, 28-5 home)

    Coverage: TNT

    7:00 PM ET, May 2, 2012

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 17 11 25 3083
    SA 28 25 34 27114

    Top Performers

    UTAH: E. Kanter 8 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Parker 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast

    Tony Parker, Spurs rout Jazz for 2-0 series lead

    Associated Press

    SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker shooed away the NBA coach of the year. The San Antonio Spurs were ahead 36 points and he didn't want Gregg Popovich to end his night just yet.

    "To stay in shape," Parker said.

    That's how bad it got for the Utah Jazz. It was the third quarter of a playoff game, and Parker was practically treating it as just another workout.

    Pummeling the Jazz in a fashion not seen since Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls humiliated them in the 1998 NBA Finals, San Antonio handed Utah its second-worst playoff loss, winning 114-83 on Wednesday night to take 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

    Parker scored 18 points, while Popovich -- a day after receiving the NBA's highest coaching honor -- practically could put the Spurs on autopilot after a 20-0 run in the second quarter. Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin had admitted to being unusually jittery before losing Game 1, but this time, it was center Al Jefferson summing up how this shiner felt.

    "Embarrassing," he said.

    The only bigger embarrassment for the Jazz in the playoffs was that 42-point loss to Jordan's Bulls in 1998.

    Game 3 is Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

    It's the first time the Spurs have led a series 2-0 since opening the 2008 playoffs against Phoenix. San Antonio won that series in five, and unless the Jazz can shake this off, this one will be over just as quick.

    If not sooner.

    "I can't explain it. I couldn't explain it the other night," Jazz forward Paul Millsap said. "They came out and just whipped us."

    It was a total collapse by the Jazz in spite of flying back to Salt Lake City after Game 1 and regrouping with two days of practice back home. There they had talked about adjustments and maybe giving Parker "a hard foul or two" to get him thinking twice about driving, but Parker didn't seem to have a dent on him before taking the entire fourth quarter off.

    Jefferson and Millsap weren't any more imposing on offense than they were defensively. Jefferson scored 10 points, and Millsap had nine.

    Popovich chalked up the blowout more to the Jazz having a bad night -- they shot 23 percent in the first half -- than the Spurs dominating. Parker played 28 minutes and Popovich said the decision on when to take his star out was a struggle between keeping him in condition and not risking injury.

    "He wanted to get the whole quarter, but we compromised and got two more minutes," Popovich said. "He's been special for us all year, obviously. We got to keep him ready to go."

    The Spurs held the Jazz scoreless for nearly 7 minutes in the second quarter while rookie Kawhi Leonard and unheralded swingman Danny Green outplayed the Jazz's stars. The Jazz filed off the court at halftime walking slow, heads down and quiet after being as close as 31-26 minutes earlier.

    Jefferson and Josh Howard, who also had 10 points, were Utah's leading scorers.

    It was the most lopsided postseason win for the Spurs since beating the Nuggets by 28 in 2005. San Antonio's playoff record is a 40-point victory over Denver in 1983.

    "You don't expect to win a playoff game like that," Green said. "They're a very good team, but they didn't shoot it as well as they liked. They didn't shoot it as well as they did, and we shot the ball pretty well. Stuff like that happens."

    The Spurs have won 12 in a row, a season high after surrendering two 11-game winning streaks this season by not playing Parker, Duncan and Manu Ginobili.

    Duncan finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Leonard scored 17 points, and Green had 13.

    At least the Jazz didn't look the most embarrassed the entire night. Popovich again had to show off his coach of the year trophy before the game, this time for fans while standing between Duncan and Spurs great David Robinson. Popovich obliged for several seconds before scrambling to hand the trophy off to one of his assistants as fast as possible.

    Game notes


    The last Jazz team to rally from an 0-2 deficit and win a playoff series was 2007, when Utah came back to beat Houston in the first round. The Spurs later beat that team on their way to their fourth championship. ... Backup Spurs C Tiago Splitter (sprained wrist) was available to play but the rout gave Popovich the luxury of letting the big man continue to heal. Popovich said Splitter should be better by Game 3.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTAH
    SA
    Points 83 114
    FGM-FGA 31-90 (.344) 47-82 (.573)
    3PM-3PA 1-6 (.167) 10-22 (.455)
    FTM-FTA 20-23 (.870) 10-10 (1.000)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-43 5-44
    Assists 16 28
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 7 10
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 18 29
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 38

    Top Performers

    Utah
    San Antonio
    Enes Kanter Kanter
    Points: 8
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 18
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0

    Research Notes

    Despite winning Game 1 106-91, the Spurs were outscored 19 to 14 in transition. On Wednesday San Antonio dominated the transition game, outscoring the Jazz by 13 points.
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    Tony Parker is 16-29 (55.2 percent) from the field in Games 1 and 2 against the Jazz and he has attempted nearly 60 percent of his shots from inside 10 feet. During the regular season Parker attempted 48.2 percent of his shots from inside 10 feet and shot 58.3 percent from that distance.
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    The Jazz shot 34.4 percent from the field in their 114-83 loss Wednesday to the Spurs. It was the lowest shooting percentage by any team in the 2012 postseason and second-lowest this season for Utah. Statistical support for this story from NBA.com.

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