Sunday , May , 20 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili & Tony Parker Lead San Antonio Spurs To Game One Win Over Utah Jazz

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz in game one of the Western Conference finals … The Spurs Big Three, Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker, had big games, but Finley and Oberto also stepped-up … Utah’s frontcourt had an off-night … Get your recap and analysis right here …

What Happened: Game one of the Western Conference finals showed that  the are clicking on all cylinders.

San Antonio’s Big Three had impressive games, leading the Spurs to a 108-100 win over the on Sunday afternoon at the AT&T Center.
led the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while had 21 points to go with six assists.

And, much to the relief of San Antonio fans, had a strong game, registering 21 points and dishing out a game-high 10 assists. The Argentine has had an inconsistent playoff, so his fine play in game one has to be considered a positive sign.

and Fabricio Oberto each chipped in with 14 points.

paced the Jazz, tallying 34 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds, while had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Williams and Boozer had very little help. and , who both played so well in the Jazz-Warriors series, combined for just 17 points and 11 rebounds.

San Antonio took control of the game in the second quarter by outscoring Utah 31-16. The Spurs made 66% of their first-half shots and limited the Jazz to 29% shooting.

Utah made a few runs in the second-half, but could only get the lead down to seven points.

With the win, the Spurs lead the series 1-0. Game two is scheduled for Tuesday in San Antonio.

My Quick Take: The Spurs’ success has always come through playing great defense. For years, they’ve stayed near the top of the Western Conference by stopping other teams from scoring.

It’s not pretty. However, this formula has produced results: three NBA Titles during the Tim Duncan era.

But San Antonio becomes even tougher to beat when they get balanced scoring. And on Sunday, five Spurs scored 14 points or more: Duncan, Finley, Ginobili, Parker, and Oberto.

Unlike other NBA teams, San Antonio doesn’t sacrifice defense for offense.  For example, in game one, the Spurs scored 108 points and still neutralized the Jazz’s impressive frontcourt. Boozer scored a quiet 20 points. Okur had just 10 points, going 3-for-15 from the floor. Kirilenko was a non-factor, scoring 7 points.

Right now, after their brilliant game one performance, San Antonio looks like they’re on track to win another NBA Title.

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