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.
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