Spurs heading back to NBA Finals
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs are headed back to
the NBA Finals for the fourth time in nine seasons, as Tony Parker and Tim
Duncan each recorded 21 points in just three quarters during San Antonio’s
109-84 trouncing of Utah in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.
Both stars, along with the supporting cast of Michael Finley, Bruce Bowen and
Manu Ginobili basked in the glory of another NBA Finals appearance from
the bench throughout the fourth stanza.
Ginobili scored 12 points off the bench and the Spurs jumped on the unseasoned
Jazz to the tune of 34-15 in the first quarter.
With still over eight minutes remaining in the game, all that was left for
Spurs fans was the beginning of another celebration, joining in a rendition of
the wave as Utah star guard Deron Williams sat on the bench with head in hand.
Williams scored a game-high 27 points with 10 assists while fighting through a
stomach flu during the Game 4 defeat, but a sprained ankle and mounting
fatigue sapped all energy from the Illinois product, who finished with only 11
points and two assists to two turnovers.
Andrei Kirilenko led the Jazz with 13 points, Matt Harpring added 11 and
Carlos Boozer totaled nine points and 12 boards.
Derek Fisher, much like he did during a pivotal contest of the Western
Conference quarterfinal series against Houston, raced to the gym at halftime
after being with his daughter as she underwent a procedure for a rare eye
condition, but by that point his heroics were no longer an option.
San Antonio pounced to a 55-39 lead at the half.
Duncan and Parker were key contributors during the third period, as the Spurs
entered the final frame with an 83-56 advantage.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for June 7. The Spurs will face either
Detroit or Cleveland as the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series is
squared at 2-2.