Spurs, Pacers earn wins to seize leads

The top-seeded San Antonio Spurs thrashed Utah 114-83 to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round series.


Gregg Popovich received his Coach of the Year Award prior to tip-off and the Spurs celebrated by coasting to a 2-0 series lead as Tony Parker produced 18 points and nine assists to lead seven San Antonio players in double-figure scoring.

The Jazz shot just 34 percent in their second-worst playoff loss in franchise history.

In the other Western Conference game, Memphis suffered no ill effects of their stunning Game One capitulation to complete a measured 105-98 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers to tie up their series at 1-1.

The Grizzlies blew a 27-point lead in the series opener as they matched an NBA play-off record by squandering a 21-point lead after three quarters, but this time they rose to the occasion in the final quarter to make amends.

O.J. Mayo had 10 of his 20 points in the fourth and Memphis overcame 29 points from Los Angeles's Chris Paul to send the best-of-seven series back to Los Angeles for Saturday's Game Three evenly poised.

"We were more physical this game and we were aggressive," Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph said. "I'm going to sleep pretty good tonight the way we played."

In the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers produced a convincing 97-74 road win over the Orlando Magic to take a 2-1 series lead.

Danny Granger, who was shooting just 34 percent in the opening two games, found his touch with 26 points and the Pacers dominated the third quarter for a second successive game as they outscored the Magic 32-17 to take control of the encounter.

Glen Davis scored 22 point to lead the Magic.

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