Spurs Complete Sweep In Utah, Advance To Second Round

The San Antonio Spurs are in the second round, completing their sweep of the Utah Jazz with an 87-81 win in Game 4.

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Let There Be No Doubt: The Spurs Are The NBA Title Favorites

In sweeping the up-and-coming Utah Jazz, the San Antonio Spurs left no doubt that they are the favorites to win the NBA title.

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Jazz Vs. Spurs, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 4: Spurs Win 87-81, Sweep Jazz

The San Antonio Spurs completed their sweep of the Utah Jazz with an 87-81 win in Game 4.

The Spurs were led by Manu Ginobili, who scored a team-high 17 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Four other Spurs players scored in double figures with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Gary Neal finishing with 11 points while Tiago Splitter chipped in 10 points off the bench.

Al Jefferson scored a game-high 26 points, while Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors posted double-doubles in the losing effort. Millsap scored 10 points to go along with his 19 rebounds, and Favors finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Gordon Hayward, who didn't score, was the only Jazz starter to not finish in double-figure scoring.

The Spurs move on to the Western Conference Semifinals where they await the winner of the series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies.

For all news and information regarding the San Antonio Spurs, please visit Pounding the Rock. For updates and perspective on the Utah Jazz, head on over to SLC Dunk. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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Jazz Vs. Spurs, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Final Score, San Antonio Pulls Away For 102-90 Win

Maybe Gregg Popovich knew what he was doing while he was resting his aging 'Big 3' all season. The San Antonio Spurs have a commanding 3-0 lead in their series against the Utah Jazz after Saturday night's win in Salt Lake City, mostly due to the brilliance of Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Parker, in particular, was spectacular and led all scorers in his team's 102-90 win.

The Jazz hung with San Antonio throughout the first half, but their offense dried up as Parker took over in the second half. The Spurs point guard finished the game with 27 points and six assists on 10 of 17 shooting. Duncan was San Antonio's second leading scorer with 17 points. Manu Ginobili didn't take many shots and only finished with six points, but chipped in with an impressive 10 assists.

Utah simply couldn't make shots after the first quarter, and they weren't great from the free throw line either, going just 14 for 26 from the line. Gordon Hayward struggled mightily, shooting 1 for 10 from the field. Al Jefferson was 10 out of 18 from the floor while picking up 21 points and 11 rebounds, but Utah's defense struggled with him on the floor. He finished with a game worst minus-16 net point differential.

For all news and information regarding the San Antonio Spurs, please visit Pounding the Rock. For updates and perspective on the Utah Jazz, head on over to SLC Dunk. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Spurs Vs. Jazz Final Score: San Antonio Crushes Utah, 114-83

After the 17-4 run the San Antonio Spurs put on the Utah Jazz in the first quarter of Game 2 of the two teams' Western Conference quarterfinal series, the rest of the night was somehow less competitive. The Spurs cruised to a 114-83 win in a game that wasn't even as close as the final score indicated.

San Antonio pulled most of its starters at the beginning of the fourth quarter, after rolling up a massive 87-53 lead through three quarters. All five Spurs starters — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Boris Diaw — finished in double figures and posted a plus-minus better than +30 on the night.

The Spurs led by 38 at multiple junctures in the second half, and by at least 24 points for the entirety of it.

Al Jefferson and Josh Howard led the Jazz in scoring on the night. Each had 10 points.

For all news and information regarding the San Antonio Spurs, please visit Pounding the Rock. For updates and perspective on the Utah Jazz, head on over to SLC Dunk. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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Jazz Vs. Spurs Final Score: Tony Parker Leads San Antonio To 106-91 Win

Last season, the Spurs cruised to the best record in the Western Conference only to fall to the No. 8-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA postseason. After a 106-91 vs. the Jazz on Sunday, the Spurs look poised to make a deeper playoff run this season.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 28 points and eight assists -- despite some admitted rust and a loosely-tied shoe -- and San Antonio took a 1-0 series lead against Utah.

Some quick game notes

• One advantage the Jazz have in this series is on the inside. Utah outrebounded the Spurs 45-to-39 and blocked six more shots than San Antonio. Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson combined for 36 points on better than 50 percent shooting. But the Jazz were unable to really exploit San Antonio in the paint enough to make a big difference. Tim Duncan contributed 17 points and 11 boards, so take that!

• Tony Parker, guys! Man, is this guy good. The stats are above, but today was a good example of why this has been Parker's best season as a pro. If you haven't been paying attention, this was a good chance to catch up. Devin Harris, good luck.

• Spurs bench/depth was big in this one. San Antonio got 44 points from their bench, lead by 14 from Manu Ginobili. The Jazz only had three players in double-figures.

The Very Best GIFS from the Game

David Robinson Likes to Snack

Gregg Popovich Is Winning, Still Cursing Out Refs

• The Agony (GIF) and Ecstasy (GIF) of Ginobili

Insta-Reax from our team bloggers

Here's Amar from our Jazz blog,SLC Dunk:

Here's our Spurs blog, Pounding the Rock:

Keep up with the latest score updates and highlights from this game with our Jazz vs. Spurs StoryStream. For more fan perspective and analysis about these two teams, check out Spurs blog Pounding the Rock and Jazz blog SLC Dunk.

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