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.
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