This is the latest in a series of columns submitted by the radio voice of the Spurs, Bill Schoening. You can listen to all the Spurs games on SpursRadio 1200 WOAI. To review previous columns, visit the Timeout Archive.
They knew going into Monday night's game with the Jazz that they had beaten Utah on twelve straight occasions. They also knew, however, that the Jazz were especially determined to end the streak on this night. They were 29-11 at home, had another packed house of faithful fans on hand, and wanted to get some momentum established for an upcoming first round series with Sacramento.
What the Jazz got was just another dose of Tony Parker. The kid seems to play some of his best ball against legendary point guards John Stockton and Mark Jackson. In the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, he hit back to back jumpers and then calmly sank two free throws to put the game out of reach. He hit 11 of 17 shots from the field and for the second straight year, helped the Spurs win the Midwest Division title at the Delta Center.
The Spurs now have homecourt throughout the playoffs and the top seed in the West. How far the Spurs go will greatly depend on how many times we see performances like the one Tony gave us in Salt Lake City on Monday night.