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


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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.

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Rose wins MVP Award

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is the youngest Most Valuable Player award-winner in the history of the NBA.

Derrick Rose was named the MVP for the 2010-11 season and became the youngest player to win the award in NBA history.

The 22-year-old Rose was officially announced as season MVP on Tuesday after leading the Bulls to a 62-20 record and No. 1 seed throughout the playoffs.

Rose finished with 113 first-place votes and 1,182 total points. Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard finished second with three first-place votes and 643 points, Miami Heat’s LeBron James was third with 522 points, including four first-place votes, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant was fourth with 428 points and one first-place vote.

The Bulls point guard had a breakout third season, averaging 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds.

He will be honored before Wednesday’s Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center.

“Very proud. He’s earned it,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday. “Thrilled for him. He’s been everything you could ask for in a leader, player, and he’s only going to get better.”

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