Ginobili, Parker Lead Spurs Over Jazz
San Antonio 95, Utah 86
SALT LAKE CITY, April 4 (Ticker) -- Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had the touch from the arc going against the Utah Jazz.
Ginobili scored 26 point and Parker added 23 and eight assists as the San Antonio Spurs posted a 95-86 triumph over the Jazz.
Parker's 3-pointer gave the Spurs a 84-71 advantage with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. But Utah stormed back to close within six points on a follow-up dunk by Andrei Kirilenko, who scored 13 points.
"We got off to a little bit of a slow start, and they jumped on us," said Jazz forward Carlos Boozer, who scored 27 points. "(But) we fought in the second half, I think we got it down to four or five points."
However, Bruce Bowen scored his only points of the game when he nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner to help the Spurs rebuild the lead to nine with 61 seconds left.
"That was great. Fourth quarter, we finally made some shots," said Parker, who went 9-of-15 from the field. "It was nice to see, especially for Bruce because he was struggling all night long."
San Antonio's backcourt duo of Ginobili and Parker combined to make 7-of-10 shots from the arc.
"We're not a team that relies on a couple threes to get a win," said Ginobili, who shot 8-of-15. "Usually we get those win on the defensive end. We couldn't, but we got lucky with those shots ... sometimes that happens."
All-Star Tim Duncan, who was battling flu-like symptoms, had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Michael Finley scored 13 points off the bench for San Antonio (58-16), which remained 2 1/2 games in front of Dallas for first place in the Southwest Division.
"It's about executing our offense and moving the ball," said Duncan, whose team shot 45 percent (33-of-73). "We've got a bunch of unselfish guys who don't really care who gets it done. So when you have that, and you have the opportunity to find the open guy and let him make the play, then that's best for the team."
Matt Harpring scored 21 points and Boozer pulled down 17 rebounds for Utah (35-39), which remained 3 1/2 games behind Sacramento for the Western Conference's final playoff spot.
"It's kind of sad and I wish we could have played like that in the first half," said rookie Deron Williams, who scored 14 points. "But that's the way the game goes sometimes. They (Spurs) kind of did everything they wanted in the first half ... second half.
The Jazz shot 42 percent (30-of-71) and made just 2-of-7 3-pointers.