Spurs Beat Jazz 114-83, Pacers Top Magic 97-74 in NBA Playoffs
Tony Parker had 18 points and six of his teammates scored 10 or more as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 114-83 to take a two-games-to-none lead in the National Basketball Association’s Western Conference playoffs.
Also last night, Danny Granger had 26 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 97-74 win against the Magic, the worst postseason defeat in Orlando history, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame the Los Angeles Clippers 105-98.
At AT&T Center in San Antonio, Kawhi Leonard contributed 17 points as the Spurs won their second straight home game in the best-of-seven first-round series. Josh Howard and Al Jefferson each had 10 points for the Jazz, who were held to 34 percent shooting.
The Jazz host the Spurs in Game 3 on May 5.
At Amway Center in Orlando, Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won the last two games to take a 2-1 advantage in the series. Glen Davis had 22 points and reserve J.J. Redick added 13 for the Magic.
The Magic host the Pacers in Game 4 on May 5.
In the third game yesterday, Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 21 points, while O.J. Mayo had 20 and Mike Conley contributed 19 at FedExForum in Memphis. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 29 points, while Blake Griffin scored 22.
The series, which is tied at one game apiece, resumes May 5 in Los Angeles.
Tonight, the defending champion Dallas Mavericks will try to avoid going 3-0 down against the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the Miami Heat will look to move within one win of sweeping the New York Knicks. With a defeat, New York will set an NBA record for the most consecutive postseason losses, with 13.
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