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Spurs, Pacers Win Big; Grizzlies Even Series With Clippers

The Spurs hammered the Jazz and the Pacers did the same to the Magic on Blowout Wednesday. The Grizzlies bounced back with a seven-point win over the Clippers.

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NBA Playoffs 2012 Scores And More: Spurs, Pacers Suck Life Out Of Foes, Grizzlies Steal Everything

The 2012 NBA Playoffs ran out another three games on Wednesday, and as is often the case in the first round, two of them weren't at all interesting competitively.

Spurs 114, Jazz 83
San Antonio leads 2-0
This game was over before six minutes elapsed in the first quarter as the Spurs peeled off a 15-2 run to get the score to 17-4. We've seen plenty of wild comebacks this year, including Game 1 of Clippers-Grizzlies. But the Spurs never emit the sense that they will be falling victim to one of those. And the Jazz certainly didn't show an ability to scare a housefly in Game 2.

Utah did pull back within five in the second quarter, but San Antonio responded with a 20-0 run (!) to put it away (again). A 13-2 Spurs run just after halftime embarrassed the Jazz even further. From the middle of the second to the middle of the third, San Antonio outscored Utah 37-9. It was just brutal.

The best part about wins like this for the Spurs: it allows Gregg Popovich to rest everyone. No Spur played 30 minutes; Manu Ginobili didn't even have to play 20 minutes. He's played about 40 minutes in the entire series so far. San Antonio isn't just crushing the Jazz. They're also preparing for the next round. It's something to behold.

Pacers 97, Magic 74
Indiana leads 2-1
An exciting night of basketball, no?! The Pacers did damage in the third quarter, winning the period 32-17 to create their margin and the opportunity for garbage time. Roy Hibbert was a menace in the third, with 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks as Indiana took over the glass, the paint ... pretty much everything. Interestingly enough, the Pacers' starters had a really strong first quarter on offense, as well, shooting 10-16. But they also committed five turnovers and didn't registered a single offensive rebound on those six misses in the first. In the third, they hit a ton of shots (12-23), rebounding seven of their 11 misses, and only committed two turnovers. That led to an offensive efficiency in the third of 145, which is phenomenal. They scored almost a point and a half per possession.

The Magic got mileage out of Glen Davis, who happy danced all over David West to the tune of 22 points. J.J. Redick also shot well, but otherwise Orlando was toast on offense and helpless on defense. This was the sort of domination many of us expected from the tip of the series; for Indiana, it's better late than never.

Grizzlies 105, Clippers 98
Series tied 1-1
We'll be writing more on this game on Thursday, but just note that the Clippers lost despite out-shooting the Grizzlies 56 percent to 48 percent. Those 20 turnovers that L.A. coughed up -- 13 of which were registered as Memphis steals -- were one heck of an equalizer. The glasswork by the Grizzlies should also be commended -- Memphis had 16 offensive boards in 40 opportunities (five from Zach Randolph), while the Clips managed just four in 25 opportunities.

This series goes to L.A. as tight as can be. At least one of these series is competitive.

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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies, NBA Playoffs 2012: Memphis Bounces Back To Even Series

Coming into Game 2, many wondered how the Memphis Grizzlies would respond after blowing a 24-point fourth-quarter lead in their 2012 NBA Playoffs opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. In the end, the Grizzlies responded by being themselves, grinding out a 105-98 win to knot the series at one.

The game was physical throughout, with the Clippers staying within striking distance through the third quarter. But then Memphis pulled away early in the fourth quarter, taking a 13-point lead on a Rudy Gay jumper with 3:52 remaining. The Clippers made one last push, but Memphis held it off to pick up the win.

Six Grizzlies players scored in double figures, led by 21 points from Gay. O.J. Mayo added 20 off the bench, and Mike Conley had 19. Chris Paul had a game-high 29 points to keep the Clippers in it, but it wasn't enough.

For all news and information regarding the Memphis Grizzlies, please visit Straight Outta Vancouver. For updates and perspective on the Los Angeles Clippers, head on over to Clips Nation or check out SB Nation Los Angeles. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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VIDEO: Blake Griffin Dunks From Very Far Away

Where do you guys think Blake Griffin took off from on this dunk? Nashville? Chattanooga? Knoxville? Lexington? Wherever it was, it was a long way outside the paint.


For all news and information regarding the Memphis Grizzlies, please visit Straight Outta Vancouver. For updates and perspective on the Los Angeles Clippers, head on over to Clips Nation or check out SB Nation Los Angeles. 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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