Ginobili finds touch as Spurs sweep

SALT LAKE CITY — Manu Ginobili broke out of a shooting slump with 17 points to lead the Spurs to an 87-81 victory over the Jazz on Monday night and a sweep of their first-round Western Conference series.

In the first three games, Ginobili was 0-for-8 on 3-pointers. But Monday, after Utah pulled within 61-58 with 3:18 left in the third, he hit consecutive 3-pointers then added another as the Spurs regained control, taking a 76-58 lead early in the fourth.

The Jazz went scoreless for more than eight minutes during a 15-0 Spurs run. Utah made a furious charge late and was within 83-79 on Al Jefferson's putback with 49 seconds left.

But Ginobili's fastbreak layup after a steal by Tony Parker sealed it.

Spurs 87, Jazz 81

SAN ANTONIO (87): Leonard 1-7 0-0 3, Duncan 4-10 3-3 11, Diaw 0-1 0-0 0, Parker 4-14 2-5 11, Green 1-5 2-2 5, Ginobili 6-11 2-4 17, Bonner 1-4 2-3 5, Splitter 3-9 4-5 10, Jackson 2-5 2-2 8, Neal 4-6 2-2 11, Blair 2-2 2-4 6, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Mills 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-74 21-30 87.

UTAH (81): Millsap 4-17 2-4 10, Favors 4-8 8-12 16, Jefferson 13-19 0-1 26, Harris 6-17 7-9 19, Hayward 0-7 0-0 0, Burks 0-8 0-0 0, Howard 0-2 0-0 0, Kanter 1-1 0-0 2, Tinsley 1-4 0-0 2, Carroll 3-5 0-0 6, Ahearn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-88 17-26 81.

San Antonio 22 28 18 19— 87

Utah 19 23 16 23— 81

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 10-22 (Ginobili 3-6, Jackson 2-4, Parker 1-1, Leonard 1-2, Neal 1-2, Bonner 1-3, Green 1-4), Utah 0-13 (Tinsley 0-1, Jefferson 0-1, Hayward 0-1, Burks 0-1, Carroll 0-2, Millsap 0-3, Harris 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 52 (Jackson 6), Utah 68 (Millsap 19). AssistsSan Antonio 12 (Parker 3), Utah 16 (Harris 7). Total FoulsSan Antonio 23, Utah 23. TechnicalsTinsley. A19,911.

davis injury serious: Baron Davis will miss about a year with a right knee injury sustained Sunday, a career-threatening injury for the Knicks point guard, 33. Davis sustained complete tears of the ACL and MCL and a partial tear of the patella tendon. Coach Mike Woodson said he wasn't counting on point guard Jeremy Lin, out since March 24, returning from a left knee injury Wednesday for Game 5 at Miami, meaning New York is down to Mike Bibby and little-used former Seminole Toney Douglas at the point. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith might take over more playmaking. "Bibby has had a hell of a career," Woodson said. "He's not as fast and crafty as he used to be. But I do feel comfortable starting Bibby in a big game."

bulls: Forward Joakim Noah's badly sprained left ankle was slightly improved Monday, but coach Tom Thibodeau said he is likely out for a second straight game tonight when Chicago tries to avoid elimination against visiting Philadelphia.

magic: Coach Stan Van Gundy said Orlando hasn't given up heading into tonight's game at Indiana in a 3-1 hole. "I honestly believe that our guys believe they can win," he said. "Guys practiced very hard (Monday). Guys were very focused on some of the adjustments we wanted to make. I think our guys will be ready to go." Pacers forward Danny Granger, who temporarily left Saturday's game with a sprained right knee, fully participated in Monday's practice.

Sun.: Lakers 92, Nuggets 88

L.A. LAKERS (92): Ebanks 0-2 0-0 0, Gasol 6-12 1-1 13, Bynum 8-12 3-6 19, Sessions 5-11 1-2 12, Bryant 10-25 0-1 22, Hill 4-9 4-6 12, Barnes 2-6 0-0 4, Blake 4-9 0-2 10. Totals 39-86 9-18 92.

DENVER (88): Gallinari 9-16 2-2 20, Faried 3-8 0-2 6, Mozgov 3-5 0-0 6, Lawson 5-13 0-0 11, Afflalo 3-7 0-0 6, McGee 2-5 4-6 8, Harrington 4-11 0-0 9, Miller 7-13 1-2 15, Brewer 3-8 0-0 7. Totals 39-86 7-12 88.

L.A. Lakers 26 19 25 22— 92

Denver 28 23 20 17— 88

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 5-17 (Blake 2-5, Bryant 2-7, Sessions 1-3, Barnes 0-2), Denver 3-19 (Harrington 1-4, Brewer 1-5, Lawson 1-5, Miller 0-1, Gallinari 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 58 (Hill 11), Denver 50 (Faried, Miller 7). AssistsL.A. Lakers 22 (Gasol, Bryant 6), Denver 17 (Lawson 6). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 13, Denver 19. A19,155 (19,155).

East quarterfinals

76ers 3, Bulls 1

Game 1: Bulls 103, 76ers 91

Game 2: 76ers 109, Bulls 92

Game 3: 76ers 79, Bulls 74

Sunday: 76ers 89, Bulls 82

Tonight: at Chicago, 9:30, NBA

Thursday: at Philadelphia, TBD *

Saturday: at Chicago, TBD, TNT *

HEAT 3, KNICKS 1

Game 1: Heat 100, Knicks 67

Game 2: Heat 104, Knicks 94

Game 3: Heat 87, Knicks 70

Game 4: Knicks 89, Heat 87

Wednesday: at Miami, 7, TNT

Friday: at New York, TBD *

Sunday: at Miami, TBD *

Pacers 3, Magic 1

Game 1: Magic 81, Pacers 77

Game 2: Pacers 93, Magic 78

Game 3: Pacers 97, Magic 74

Game 4: Pacers 101, Magic 99 OT

Tonight: at Indiana, 7, NBA

Friday: at Orlando, TBD *

Sunday: at Indiana, TBD *

Celtics 3, Hawks 1

Game 1: Hawks 83, Celtics 74

Game 2: Celtics 87, Hawks 80

Game 3: Celtics 90, Hawks 84 OT

Game 4: Celtics 101, Hawks 79

Tonight: at Atlanta, 8, TNT

Thursday: at Boston, TBD *

Saturday: at Atlanta, TBD, TNT *

West quarterfinals

Spurs 4, Jazz 0

Game 1: Spurs 106, Jazz 91

Game 2: Spurs 114, Jazz 83

Game 3: Spurs 102, Jazz 90

Monday: Spurs 87, Jazz 81

Thunder 4, Mavericks 0

Game 1: Thunder 99, Mavericks 98

Game 2: Thunder 102, Mavericks 99

Game 3: Thunder 95, Mavericks 79

Game 4: Thunder 103, Mavericks 97

Lakers 3, Nuggets 1

Game 1: Lakers 103, Nuggets 88

Game 2: Lakers 104, Nuggets 100

Game 3: Nuggets 99, Lakers 84

Game 4: Lakers 92, Nuggets 88

Tonight: at Los Angeles, 10:30, TNT

Thursday: at Denver, TBD *

Saturday: at Los Angeles, TBD, TNT *

Clippers 2, Grizzlies 1

Game 1: Clippers 99, Grizzlies 98

Game 2: Grizzlies 105, Clippers 98

Game 3: Clippers 87, Grizzlies 86

Monday: at Los Angeles, late

Wednesday: at Memphis, 9:30, TNT

Friday: at Los Angeles, TBD *

Sunday: at Memphis, TBD *

* If necessary

Ginobili finds touch as Spurs sweep 05/08/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:10am]

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