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Spurs Sweep Jazz, Clippers Survive Overtime

The Spurs have advanced to the second round, ending Utah's playoff run in four games. The Clippers look to take a 3-1 lead over the Grizzlies.

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Chris Paul Is The Difference In Clippers' Series Vs. Grizzlies

The Clippers took a commanding 3-1 lead in their first round playoff series with Memphis, on the strength of a virtuoso overtime performance from Chris Paul. Paul is, plain and simple, the difference in the series.

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NBA Playoffs 2012 Scores And More: Spurs Wrap Up Series, Clippers Outlast Grizzlies In Overtime

The 2012 NBA Playoffs saw their second participant advance to the second round on Monday night. Fortunately for fans of competitive basketball, entertaining basketball broke out in the nightcap.

The San Antonio Spurs easily finished their sweep of the Utah Jazz on Monday evening, picking up an 87-81 victory to take the fourth and final game of the series. The Spurs didn't need to play anyone more than 28 minutes in the game, getting their stud players some rest in the game.

Manu Ginobili come off the bench to be San Antonio's leading scorer with 17 points in the contest while Tim Duncan and Tony Parker added 11 apiece in abbreviated efforts. The Jazz were led by Al Jefferson's 26 points and 10 rebounds in defeat while Paul Millsap scored 10 points to go with 19 rebounds, though his 4-of-17 performance from the field wasn't anything to write home about.

In the second game of the night, the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Memphis Grizzlies to pick up an overtime victory, putting the series firmly in their possession with a 3-1 lead. Los Angeles looked like it was going to cruise to a victory after putting together a nice run in the fourth quarter, but Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies answered with a run of their own to force overtime.

Chris Paul was exceptional in leading the Clippers, notching a near triple-double with 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while turning the ball over just twice. Blake Griffin wasn't bad either, of course, considering he notched 30 points before fouling out. On the other end of the spectrum, Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 25 points and eight assists while Gay notched 22 points in the losing effort.

For more on the NBA's postseason, be sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated hub.

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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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Clippers Vs. Grizzlies, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 4: Los Angeles Wins In Overtime, 101-97

The Los Angeles Clippers took a 3-1 lead in their first-round series with the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, thrilling the Staples Center crowd with a 101-97 overtime victory.

The Clippers took a six-point lead into halftime, but the Grizzlies battled back, attempting to even up the series. Memphis reeled off an 11-1 run late in the fourth quarter to help them tie the game, 87-87, sending the game into overtime.

Chris Paul had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but was unable to get a shot off. He made up for it, though, with eight points in overtime. The Clippers went up 99-93 with just under 45 seconds left in the extra period, but the Grizzlies wouldn't quit, cutting the deficit to two points with eight seconds left in the game. Mo Williams was fouled and sank both of his free throws to go up 101-97 with 7.2 remaining. A three-point attempt by Rudy Gay didn't fall, and the Clippers grabbed the rebound to end the game.

Blake Griffin led all scorers in the game with 30 points, but Paul was close behind with 27 points and nine rebounds.

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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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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NBA Playoff Schedule 2012: Spurs Can Sweep Jazz Before Entertaining Clippers-Grizzlies Series Continues

The 2012 NBA Playoffs picture got a bit clearer over the weekend, but Monday night's schedule will shed even more light on the second round matchups. The slate of games is rather light with just two games on the menu, but both should be entertaining and the postseason rolls on.

The first game of the evening tips off at 8 p.m. ET on TNT, as the San Antonio Spurs attempt to complete the sweep of the Utah Jazz on the road in lovely Salt Lake City. The Jazz haven't exactly made it a compelling series to watch thus far. Monday night's added do-or-die element should spice things up as the veteran Spurs team attempts to exert as little effort as possible while trying to advance ... and then rest between rounds.

The only other game on the NBA slate to open the week is Game 4 between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers-Grizzlies series has been the most entertaining of the first round and Monday night should be no different when Game 4 tips off at 10:30 p.m. on TNT.

For more on the playoffs, be sure to stay tuned to SB Nation's NBA page.

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