Spurs Beat Jazz

Written by Randy Watson

The Spurs took a commanding 2-0 lead over the Utah Jazz, the latest a 105-96 victory Tuesday night, with another strong first half performance.  Lead by Tony Parker\'s 14 assists, San Antonio once again proved to be too much for the young Jazz.  Parker used his quickness and speed to penetrate the Utah defense all night, and dished to waiting teammates who managed to knock down shot after shot.  San Antonio was able to build a 17 point lead going into the half, and extended it to 22 early in the 3rd period.

As in Game one, the Spurs seemed to take their foot off the gas late in the game and allowed the Jazz to get back to within 7 early in the final period, but it was too little, too late.

For San Antonio, Tim Duncan scored his requisite 26 points, and also accounted for 14 rebounds and 5 blocks.  Manu Ginobili continued his recent hot play, scoring 17 points.  Also for the Spurs, center Fabricio Oberto, not often found in the scoring column, logged 14 points on 6-7 shooting, while pulling down 7 rebounds in 33 minutes of work.  As a team, San Antonio set a franchise record for 3s, going 13-26 from long-range.

Normally, Utah is a strong rebounding team, but in Game 2, San Antonio out-rebounded the Jazz 44-35.  Still, Jazz center Carlos Boozer managed to have a terrific game, leading all scorers with 33 points, and 15 rebounds.  Rookie guard, Deron Williams, also had a great game, scoring 26 points, and dishing out 10 assists.  Unfortunately for the Jazz, they weren\'t able to stop any part of the San Antonio attack, although San Antonio did turn the ball over an uncharacteristically high 23 times.

The Spurs\' veteran experience certainly paid off down the stretch in this game.  With their 22 point lead whittling down in the 4th, Bruce Bowen came up big hitting three 3s in the period to put the game away.

With San Antonio up 2-0, and the Jazz needing to win 4 out the next 5 games to pull off the shocking upset, the Spurs seem to be in prime position to cruise into the NBA Finals.  The best thing for the Spurs would be to sweep the series and be able to rest for a few days to await the winner from the East.  Sweeping will not be east, though, as San Antonio is 0-2 for the season in Utah, and the Jazz are 6-0 at home in the playoffs.  Still, the Spurs seem to a much more determined team no than in the regular season, and when they smell blood, the Silver and Black attack usually finishes off the competition.