The San Antonio Spurs not only beat up the Utah Jazz at the AT&T Center Wednesday night; they stole their bus money and left them on the side of a deserted road; as they pummeled their guests winning the game 114-83. The Spurs were on fire on the offensive side of the floor for the entire 48 minutes as they shot a molten-hot 57.3% (47-82) from the floor for the evening with seven players in double figures, with Tony Parker leading the way with 18 points.
Utah could not even pretend to put up a struggle as they were held to just 34.4% (31-90) and an embarrassing 16.7% (1-6) from three-point range. The Spurs scored as many points in the first quarter (28) as their opponents did in the entire first half.; they had just two players in double figures in the game, as Josh Howard and Al Jefferson each had 10 points in the loss.
The Spurs not only set the tone for the entire evening in the first 12 minutes of action; they realistically wrapped up the game during the period. With five seconds remaining in the opening period Gary Neal drove the lane putting the ball up and in the cylinder giving San Antonio a 28-17 advantage at the conclusion of the quarter. Things would get even worse for the Jazz in the second as they could only notch 11 points in the period, giving the Spurs a 53-28 lead at the half.
Utah would regain their offensive abilities in the second half; but it would be far too little and far too late to make any difference. The Spurs would be on top 87-53 at the end of the third; they would never come close to causing the home team any concerns in the fourth quarter.
San Antonio goes up 2-0 in the first round match-up with game three being played in Utah on Saturday.