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Spurs Send Jazz Home With An Easy First-Round Sweep

Spurs' Tony Parker making it happen.

Last year, the San Antonio Spurs were surprisingly knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by Memphis. They took out those frustrations on unsuspecting Utah, completing a four-game sweep of their first-round series Monday night in Salt Lake City with an 87-81 victory.

Simply, this was a mismatch. The Spurs were dominant in every facet of all games. Monday, the dfference was in bench play. San Antonio’s reserves outscored the Jazz’ reserves 47-10. That is not a misprint.

Manu Ginobili scored 17 points in his best shooting game of the series. His back-to-back three-point shots ignited a run that pushed the Spurs’ third-quarter lead to an insurmountable 76-58.

No. 1-seeded San Antonio, on a 14-game winning streak, advanced to the second round and will play theĀ  winner of the Memphis-Los Angeles Clippers series, which may not be settled until Sunday

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