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Old 05-06-12, 02:20 AM
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Article: Spurs make themselves at home, down Jazz again

Spurs make themselves at home, down Jazz again
Spurs make themselves at home, down Jazz again
By Jim Burton


SALT LAKE CITY -- Yes, they shook off the memory of those embarrassing losses in San Antonio, but the Utah Jazz still couldn't shake the Spurs.

Long before Saturday's 102-90 Game 3 loss at EnergySolutions Arena, forward Paul Millsap stood in the hallway outside Utah's locker room and had a telling moment of forgetfulness.

Asked if it would be hard to forget Utah's 31-point loss in Game 2, Millsap paused, thought, smiled and answered the question with a question: "What happened in Game 2?"

It was a well-played moment from a guy known more for his toughness than his witty banter. Anxious to forget about what happened in San Antonio, Millsap and the Jazz responded with a gritty effort in Game 3, exhausting themselves along the way but never distancing themselves from the Spurs, who now own a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.

Game 3 featured a dozen lead changes and eight ties, but the veteran Spurs were simply too much. The Jazz looked sharp at times and made a couple of runs to keep it close in the end, but each time San Antonio had an answer.

Tony Parker had 27 points and six assists and Tim Duncan added 17 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the Spurs.

Showing more energy than they did in San Antonio, the Jazz set a breathless pace in the beginning. Point guard Devin Harris used his speed to cause trouble and scored 21 points to go with five assists.

Al Jefferson had 21 points and 11 rebounds and teammate Derrick Favors came off the bench for 15 points, 11 boards and two blocks.

Utah fought hard to get within five points in the fourth quarter but never could pull ahead.

"Gut-check or whatever you want to call it it's time to play better and we have to come out and leave everything we have on the floor," coach Tyrone Corbin said before the game. "It's on our home floor but we've got to play better, we've got to compete."

The Jazz did as Corbin asked, pushing themselves up and down the floor throughout the first half. But the Spurs' defense was sound and for the most part kept Utah out of the paint.

Following a theme they set in San Antonio, the Spurs outscored the Jazz 50-28 under the basket.

The Jazz came out swinging, just as expected. Leading the charge was Harris, who used his quickness to put the Spurs on their heels.

He had 14 points and three assists at halftime, hitting six of 11 shots from the field. Jefferson was next with 11 points and five rebounds.

Favors came off the bench for seven points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Duncan led the Spurs with 13 points and two blocked shots. Parker had 11 points and sixth man Manu Ginobili had four points, four rebounds and six assists.

There were 10 lead changes in the first half. Neither team led by more than six.

San Antonio reserve Matt Bonner with a 3-pointer as the first half ended, sending the Spurs into halftime with a 52-50 lead.

Spreading the Jazz defense and sharing the ball all around the perimeter, San Antonio went on a 14-5 third-quarter run to pull ahead.

Stephen Jackson's 3-pointer late in the quarter put the Spurs ahead 73-65.

The Jazz made a run in the fourth quarter with fearless youngsters Favors, Enes Kanter, Alec Burks and DeMarre Carroll, but predictably, the Spurs responded with a big shot from Parker and another from Duncan.
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With 26 points on 4 of 4 shots from distance in only 20 minutes of PT. Efficient eviceration.
Wolves' fan: ginobili vs. the wolves is like he's just kind of laughing to himself all game...kind of like he thinks it's cute that they're trying to play basketball.
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