Monday, January 22, 2018
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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).

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