Spurs’ shooting blitz doomed Jazz; take 2-0 series lead

Tony Parker led the San Antonio Spurs with scored 18 points and nine assist, rookie Kawhi Leonard added 17 points, and Danny Green chipped in 13 points as Spurs handed the Jazz their second-worst playoff loss in franchise history, crushing Utah 114-83 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

Coach Gregg Popovich practically put the Spurs on autopilot after a 22-2 blast in towards the end of the second quarter that stunned the Jazz, who had vowed to play better and more physical after the Spurs easily won Game 1.

But the Spurs quickly removed any doubts on which is the better team in this series.

A fire argues?

After building 25-point halftime lead, the Spurs never let up, and kept coming at the Jazz, totally outplaying their opponents and seemingly scoring at will.

By the time the third quarter ended, San Antonio’s lead was 34, and Utah was done for the night.

Al Jefferson and Josh Howard were the only Jazz players to score in double figures with 10 points each, while Paul Millsap had nine points and five rebounds.

Tim Duncan had a double-double for the Spurs with 12 points and 13 rebounds in just 27 minutes of action.

Boris Diaw and Gary Neal scored 11 points apiece and DeJuan Blair had 10 points and seven boards.

San Antonio shot the ball with precision, making 47-of-82 (57.3 percent) attempts, including 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from beyond the arc.

Utah shot a measly 31-of-90 (34.4 percent) from the floor, but went 20-of-23 from the foul line (87.0 percent). The Spurs were perfect from the free throw line making 10-of-10 shots, six coming from Parker.

Manu Ginobili continues to struggle in this series. He finished with four points on 2-of-6 shooting from the field, and added three assist, two steals, but had four turnovers in 19 minutes of playing time.

The Spurs protected homecourt, and will gun for a commanding 3-0 lead, as the series shifts to Utah.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Salt Lake City.


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