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Manu Ginobli came off the bench to score 17 points as the San Antonio Spurs completed a 4 game sweep of the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs with an 87-81 win at Energy Solutions Arena. 5 Spurs scored in double figures as Gary Neal, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each added 11. San Antonio shot just 38% overall but drilled 10/22 (46%) from 3 point range including 3 makes from Ginobli. The Spurs had just as many assists as turnovers (13) but converted 21/30 (70%) from the charity stripe. Al Jefferson led Utah with 26 points along with 10 rebounds on 13/19 (68%) from the field. However the rest of the team shot just 19/67 (29%) as neither team developed a consistent rhythm offensively. Devin Harris added 19 and dished out a team high 7 assists. Derrick Favors contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for Utah, who shot only 36% overall including missing all 13 of their 3 point attempts. Paul Milsap finished with 10 points and 19 rebounds but shot just 4/17 (24%) from the floor. The Jazz won the battle of the boards 57-43 but made just 17/26 (65%) from the free throw line. The Spurs' bench picked up the slack left from the starter's shooting woes, outscoring Utah's reserves 57-10 and finishing with 27 more points than their own starters. Gordon Hayward, who in the last 13 games of the regular season shot 50 percent overall and 49 percent from 3-point range, went 0 for 7 Monday. For the series, he shot just 18 percent (6 of 33). The top-seeded Spurs advanced to the conference semifinals against the winner of the Memphis-Los Angeles Clippers series that could go until Sunday. It was the West's second first-round sweep as Oklahoma City eliminated defending champion Dallas in four games.
Blake Griiffin scored 30 points and Chris Paul added 27 as the LA Clippers took a commanding 3-1 series lead holding off the Memphis Grizzlies 101-97 at the Staples Center. Griffin shot 10/15 (67%) from the field and even made 10/17 (59%) from the foul line dishing out 7 assists. Paul, who also recorded 7 assists, shot 10/22 (46%) from the floor and pulled down a team high 9 rebounds. Caron Butler contributed 14 in 26 minutes despite playing with a fractured left hand. LA shot 45% overall and executed a lot better at the ft line where they converted 28/40 (70%). They also committed just 8 turnovers and recorded 9 blocked shots, including 3 each from Keynon Martin and DeAndre Jordan. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 25 points along with 7 rebounds and 8 assists on 10/15 (67%) shooting. Rudy Gay added 23 but shot just 8/25 (32%) overall and Zack Randolph contributed 12 points and collected 9 rebounds. Memphis shot only 43% and played a sloppy second half commiiting a total of 18 turnovers despite outrebounding the CLippers 47-36. The Clippers blew an 84-74 lead with 4:40 remaining in regulation. After the Clippers rallied from big fourth-quarter deficits in their first two victories, Memphis rallied to 85-83 on Zach Randolph's jumper with 1:25 left. Gay hit the tying jumper in the final minute of regulation, and Paul drove for the go-ahead layup -- his only points of the fourth quarter -- before Randolph coolly hit two tying free throws with 20.4 seconds left. After the Clippers rallied from big fourth-quarter deficits in their first two victories, Memphis rallied to 85-83 on Zach Randolph's jumper with 1:25 left. Gay hit the tying jumper in the final minute of regulation, and Paul drove for the go-ahead layup -- his only points of the fourth quarter -- before Randolph coolly hit two tying free throws with 20.4 seconds left. The Clippers led 95-89 when Griffin fouled out, and the Grizzlies trimmed it to two points on jumpers by Conley and Gay. Paul went to work, shaking loose from defenders and hitting back-to-back jumpers sandwiching a turnover by Conley. After Paul hit consecutive jumpers to put the Clippers ahead 99-93 with 44 seconds left, Mike Conley's layup with 8.1 seconds left trimmed the Clippers' lead back to two points. But after Mo Williams hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left and Rudy Gay missed a meaningless 3-pointer, Griffin and Paul embraced while another frenzied sellout crowd of long-suffering Clippers fans roared. The Clippers can close out the Grizzlies when the series returns to the Fed Ex Center for game 5 on Wednesday night.