Thursday , May , 31 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

National Basketball Association Playoff Game Capsules

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. San Antonio is advancing to the NBA championship series for the
third time in five seasons, while Utah is left with an offseason to reflect.
The Jazz pushed their losing streak in San Antonio to 19 games. 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.