Monday , May , 28 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, & San Antonio Spurs Win A Tough Game Four Over Deron WIlliams & Utah Jazz

The San Antonio Spurs are close to returning to the NBA finals … They won game four over Utah and lead the Western finals 3-1 … Their ‘Big Three’, Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker, gutted it out … And the Spurs made a key adjustment in the second half to slow Utah’s Deron Williams …. Click here for your recap, reaction, and analysis …

What Happened: The took their lumps, but still won game four of the Western Conference finals 91-79 over the on Monday night at Energy Solutions Arena.

With the win, the Spurs lead the best of seven series 3-1 and are one win away from advancing to the NBA finals.

Once again, the Big Three paced San Antonio. had 22 points and six rebounds. overcame some early turnovers to score 19 points and pulled-in nine rebounds, while hit for 17 points.

and continued their fine play in game four for the Spurs. Finley dropped a solid 13 points. And Oberto had a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

, who was suffering from stomach flu, led Utah with a blistering 27 points and 10 assists. had 18 points and nine rebounds.

Both teams played desperate basketball in the fourth quarter. Bodies flew all over the court and emoptions were high. However, the Jazz lost their cool and were whistled for four technical fouls.

The Spurs will host game five in San Antonio on Wednesday night.

Reaction of San Antonio forward Manu Ginobili on pulling away in the fourth quarter:
"I’m very proud of what we did in the fourth quarter because it was looking ugly for us. We stepped up and did a really good job.”

Reaction of San Antonio center Tim Duncan on the importance of winning game four:
"It could’ve been a tied series and a whole new ballgame. It’s a great position to be in."

Reaction of Utah coach Jerry Sloan on why the Jazz lost:
 "We just couldn’t keep them off the free-throw line. I don’t want to talk about those (technical fouls) because all that does is give me more trouble."

My Quick Take: The San Antonio Spurs won game four by being the San Antonio Spurs. They’re an Eastern Conference, blue-collar squad stuck in the Western Conference.

When the fourth quarter hit, the Spurs slowed the tempo, focusing on each play.

On offense, Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker played through early some struggles and came up with big plays down the stretch. Duncan stopped turning the rock over. Ginobili got to the line, making 12-of-15 free throws. And Parker bounced back every time the Jazz knocked him to the floor.

Gregg Popovich’s staff changed their defensive scheme at half-time. In the first half, Deron Williams got off on offense, knifing through San Antonio’s poor pick-and-roll defense.

However, in the second half, the Spurs sent two defenders at Williams, forcing the young point guard to give up the ball. This adjustment may seem minor, but it took the Jazz out of their offensive rhythm. It was also enough to slow down a hot D-Williams and help the Spurs win a tight game four.

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