The San Antonio Spurs ravaged the younger, less accomplished Utah Jazz in the first two games of their Western Conference quarterfinals series. The Jazz are keeping it close in Game 3, though, thanks to their youth movement, and trail 52-50 at halftime.
Devin Harris has 14 points to lead the Jazz, and Al Jefferson, one of the NBA's final high school-to-NBA Draft players, has 11 points and five rebounds. But second-year player Derrick Favors has seven points and seven rebounds for Utah, and rookie Alec Burks has contributed seven points of his own off the bench.
And yet the Jazz still trail because of old men like Tim Duncan (13 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal) and Manu Ginobili (four points, six assists, four rebounds), and because of plays like the one they ran in transition in the final seconds, on which Ginobili found Matt Bonner for a go-ahead, buzzer-beating three. Wisdom is valuable.
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