Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/7

Game 1: Friday, December 7th
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Spurs104
Game 2: Monday, January 28th
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Game 3: Friday, April 4th
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Jazz90
Game 4: Wednesday, April 16th
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Jazz 98

(13-7, 5-6 away)

Spurs 104

(17-3, 12-0 home)

    Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

    8:30 PM ET, December 7, 2007

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 29 22 25 2298
    SA 21 29 22 32104

    Top Performers

    UTAH: C. Boozer 28 Pts, 17 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    SA: M. Ginobili 37 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Spurs remain unbeaten at home despite Duncan's absence

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- It was back to the bench for Manu Ginobili on Friday.

    But it didn't matter to the San Antonio Spurs' super sub, who scored a team-high 37 points for the second straight game to lift his club to a 104-98 win over the Utah Jazz.

    Ginobili started for the first time this season on Wednesday, when he scored a season-high 37 points as the Spurs eked out a 97-95 win over the rival Dallas Mavericks.

    On Friday, he tied that mark after entering the game about halfway into the first quarter.

    "I'm surprised by nothing that Manu Ginobili does," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "I just take it for granted that there will be a surprise every game. So I think I need a new word for surprised. He's just the ultimate competitor."

    The Spurs remained unbeaten at home despite their second straight game without Tim Duncan, who is recovering from a sprained ankle.

    "They're an exceptional team. They know how to close out games, even without Tim," said Deron Williams, who scored 28 points for the Jazz.

    Tony Parker had a rough shooting night but added 16 points for the Spurs, who have won five in a row, and Michael Finley contributed 15.

    Carlos Boozer also had 28 points for Utah, which hasn't won in San Antonio since 1999. Williams also had 10 assists and Ronnie Brewer added 14 points for the Jazz, who have now lost two in a row.

    "We're very glad with this win," said Ginobili, who picked up 17 of his points at the foul line. "It was very important for us to win again without Tim."

    For most of the game Friday, that looked unlikely.

    The Jazz led most of the way and were up by as many as 11 points. But the Spurs inched their way up in the fourth, and took their first lead since the first quarter at 85-84 off Matt Bonner's jumper with 6:36 to play.

    Once they took the lead again off Michael Finley's 3-pointer with 5:31 to go, it was for good. The Jazz were always lurking and were within one, 99-98, with 19 seconds to play after Williams hit a long 3. But the Spurs' eight free throws in the final 31 seconds of the game, plus one key basket each from Parker and Ginobili in the last two minutes, gave them the win.

    "We take our hats off to them," Boozer said. "Good thing it's still early in the season. ... We're in an improving mind-set. We're going to continue to improve."

    Ginobili had 14 points in the fourth quarter for San Antonio. Williams had 15 in the period for Utah.

    Bonner, in his first-ever start for the Spurs, scored 13 points.

    "I was nervous, to be honest with you," Bonner said. "I played as hard as I could. I gave 100 percent effort. That's the only thing I could control."

    The Jazz surged to an 11-point lead in the first quarter off Williams' 11 points and Utah shot 70 percent from the field in the period.

    Meanwhile, Parker had trouble with his shot early, and as a result only took one in the entire second quarter. The Jazz went up by as many as 10 in the period, and it was only Ginobili's 14 second-quarter points that kept the Spurs in it. His jumper closed a 15-5 Spurs run and tied the game at 45 with 2:26 to play in the half.

    The Spurs tied the game four times in the third but couldn't get a defensive stop to take the lead. Boozer scored 10 points in the period, as many as Parker had in the first three quarters.

    With no Duncan in the post to stop them, the Jazz built a 50-18 advantage in the paint after three quarters. C.J. Miles dunked so hard with 1:04 left in the period that he nearly fell over upon landing, and Boozer converted Jason Hart's steal into a jumper to put Utah up 76-71 with eight seconds on the clock. The Jazz headed into the final 12 minutes up 76-72.

    Game notes


    Both coaches wore microphones as part of a new NBA program for certain nationally televised games that allows listening devices on the court, in-game sideline interviews with coaches and cameras in the locker rooms during pregame and halftime chats. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said he'd try to tone it down for TV: "I've never been accused of having a lot of good language." ... Duncan was on the sidelines wearing a black T-shirt, a suit jacket and jeans. ... The Spurs were 30-of-38 from the foul line. ... The Jazz finished with a 54-20 advantage in the paint.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTAH
    SA
    Points 98 104
    FGM-FGA 39-72 (.542) 32-73 (.438)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 10-27 (.370)
    FTM-FTA 17-24 (.708) 30-38 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-19 8-19
    Assists 26 21
    Turnovers 20 13
    Steals 4 10
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 4 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 32 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 6

    Top Performers

    Utah
    San Antonio
    Carlos Boozer Boozer
    Points: 28
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Manu Ginobili Ginobili
    Points: 37
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1