Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 1/30

Game 1: Monday, January 30th
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Jazz70
Game 2: Tuesday, April 4th
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Jazz86
Game 3: Monday, April 17th
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Jazz 82

(40-41, 19-22 away)

Spurs 115

(62-19, 34-7 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:30 PM ET, April 17, 2006

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 T
UTAH 19 19 28 1682
SA 28 27 30 30115

Top Performers

Utah: M. Okur 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

San Antonio: M. Ginobili 18 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Spurs rout Jazz, earn top seed in Western Conference

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Home-court advantage and some rested players could mean a lot when the playoffs start.

The defending champion San Antonio Spurs got both Monday night.

Manu Ginobili scored 18 points and Tim Duncan added 16 to help the Spurs clinch the Southwest Division title and the best record in the Western Conference with a 115-82 rout of the Utah Jazz.

The Spurs earned the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

"It's great to get [home court] wrapped up," Duncan said. "I'm feeling good right now -- feeling healthy. I think we all feel pretty good right now, and that's the main thing."

San Antonio (62-19) took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter and led by 36 points, allowing the Spurs to rest their starters as the playoffs draw near.

Duncan hit 7-of-13 shots and had five rebounds in 22 minutes. He left the game and did not return with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter when the Spurs had a 14-point lead. Ginobili played 25 minutes.

The Spurs' bench scored 65 points, including 16 by Brent Barry.

Andrei Kirilenko sat out because of lower back spasms for the Jazz, who have lost two in a row.

Deron Williams led Utah (40-41) with 18 points.

The Spurs showed playoff form, shooting 57 percent from the field compared to 43 percent for Utah.

"They got about everything they wanted tonight," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "They were playing in such a comfort zone that we couldn't even begin to shut them down."

The Spurs can't catch Detroit for the best record in the league, but San Antonio still can accomplish something by beating Houston in the final regular-season game Wednesday. The Spurs can break a franchise record for wins in a season.

The 1994-95 team won 62 games. The Spurs had the home-court advantage but lost to Houston in the Western Conference finals.

"Nobody is going to turn down home court," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I've said that about 1,000 times over the years. Nobody is going to give it up, but it doesn't ensure anything. We've had it before and got knocked out. It's not a sure bet."

Utah, which will finish the season Wednesday night at home against Golden State, has finished with a .500 record or better 21 times in the past 22 seasons.

Utah had a 16-13 lead 9:39 into the game. But the Spurs went on a 13-1 run during the next 2:42.

San Antonio led 26-17 with 39 seconds left in the quarter when Ginobili sank a 3-pointer. It was the third straight 3-point basket for the Spurs in a span of 54 seconds.

The Jazz cut the Spurs' lead to five points just more than a minute into the second quarter, but San Antonio went on another dominant run, outscoring Utah 27-12 during the next 10:11.

The Spurs' reserves led the way, hitting 11 of their first 16 shots and outscoring the Utah bench 28-2 in the first half.

Barry ended the game 7-of-10 from the floor. Robert Horry was 3-of-3 from 3-point territory.

"We're going to need more from guys like Brent and myself as we progress through the playoffs," Horry said.

Game notes


Utah guard Devin Brown, who played for the Spurs the past three seasons, was presented with his NBA championship ring before the game. ... Jazz guard Milt Palacio missed his third straight game because of inflammation in his left knee. ... Utah enter Carlos Boozer had scored more than 20 points in seven of his past eight games, but he was limited to eight points in 32 minutes by the Spurs.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTAH
SA
Points 82 115
FGM-FGA 33-76 (.434) 44-77 (.571)
3PM-3PA 3-11 (.273) 13-22 (.591)
FTM-FTA 13-18 (.722) 14-19 (.737)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-32 12-42
Assists 22 27
Turnovers 14 13
Steals 7 9
Blocks 2 4
Fast Break Points 11 12
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (1/0) 19 (0/0)
Largest Lead 3 36

Top Performers

Utah
San Antonio
Mehmet Okur Okur
Points: 17
Reb: 6
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Manu Ginobili Ginobili
Points: 18
Reb: 2
Ast: 4
Stl: 1
Blk: 0