SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Manu Ginobili broke out of a scoring slump to help sweep the Utah Jazz out of the NBA playoffs.
Ginobili scored 17 points to lead the San AntonioSpurs to an 87-81 victory over Utah on Monday night and a sweep of their first-round Western Conference series.
The much-maligned Ginobili was 0 for 8 from beyond the arc in the first three games. After Utah pulled within 61-58 with 3:18 left in the third quarter, Ginobili hit consecutive 3-pointers then added another as the Spurs regained control, taking a 76-58 lead early in the fourth.
The Jazz went scoreless for more than 8 minutes during a 15-0 Spurs run and trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter. Utah made a furious charge late and was within 83-79 on Al Jefferson’s putback with 49 seconds left.
But Ginobili’s layup after a steal by Tony Parker sealed it.
Top-seeded San Antonio advances to the second round and awaits the winner of the Memphis-Los Angeles Clippers series.
The Spurs are on a 14-game winning streak. The Jazz have lost eight straight playoff games.