San Antonio Spurs sweep Utah in 1st-round series | NBA playoffs
Manu Ginobili snapped out of his shooting slump with 17 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to an 87-81 victory over the host Utah Jazz for a sweep of their first-round Western Conference best-of-seven series.
SALT LAKE CITY — Manu Ginobili snapped out of his shooting slump with 17 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to an 87-81 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night for a sweep of their first-round Western Conference series.
Ginobili was 0 for 8 from beyond the arc in the first three games of the best-of-seven series. But after Utah cut San Antonio's lead to 61-58 with 3:18 left in the third quarter, he made consecutive three-pointers and added another as the Spurs regained control, taking a 76-58 lead early in the fourth.
The Jazz went scoreless for more than eight minutes during a 15-0 Spurs run. Utah made a furious charge late and was down 83-79 on Al Jefferson's put-back with 49 seconds left.
But Ginobili's fast-break layup after a steal by Tony Parker virtually secured the victory.
Ginobili, who missed 32 games because of injury in the regular season, was 6 of 26 from the field in the first three games of the series but went 6 for 11 in Game 4. He was 3 of 6 on three-point attempts.
San Antonio's bench made the difference, outscoring Jazz reserves 47-10.
"We've been a deeper team this year than we usually are and it sure came in handy tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
The Spurs are on a 14-game winning streak and looking to make amends for a first-round upset by Memphis in last year's playoffs.
The Jazz has lost eight straight postseason games, as it was swept by the Lakers in the second round two years ago.
Jefferson led Utah with 26 points on 13-of-19 shooting and had 10 rebounds.
Paul leads Clippers
to overtime victory
LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul scored eight of his 27 points in a dynamic overtime performance and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Memphis 101-97 to take a 3-1 lead in their West first-round series.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Memphis.
The Clippers, who wasted a 10-point lead in the final 4 ½ minutes of regulation, are seeking to win a playoff series for the second time in 36 years.
Blake Griffin had 30 points on 10-for-15 shooting and seven assists for the Clippers before fouling out with 2:26 left in overtime. The Clippers made a mere nine turnovers in 53 minutes.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 25 points, his career playoff high, and eight assists.
The Grizzlies had a 47-36 rebounding advantage.
Knicks guard Davis
to be out for a year
NEW YORK — Baron Davis has torn the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee, a potentially career-threatening injury for the New York Knicks' 33-year-old point guard.
Team officials said Davis will have surgery this week and is expected to be out a year after an MRI on Monday also revealed a partial tear of the patella tendon.
Davis was hurt Sunday in the Knicks' 89-87 home victory over Miami, falling when his knee gave out as he dribbled upcourt on a fast break in the third quarter.
Davis became the starter after Jeremy Lin needed surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
Davis is the second Knicks guard to be lost for the season during this series, which the Heat leads 3-1.
Rookie Iman Shumpert tore his ACL in Game 1.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Miami and Mike Bibby is expected to start at point guard for the Knicks.
There have been rumors Lin, who hasn't played since March 24, might return for Game 5.
"He's not in great shape," Woodson said of Lin.
• Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who has a severely sprained left ankle, is in a walking boot and won't play in Game 5 Tuesday against visiting Philadelphia, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Omer Asik will start at center for Chicago, coach Tom Thibodeau said.
The 76ers lead the top-seeded Bulls 3-1 in the East series.