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NBA notes: Spurs drub Jazz, take 2-0 lead in first-round series

The Spurs' Tony Parker, front, was fouled by Utah's Al Jefferson. Parker led San Antonio with 18 points.
The Spurs' Tony Parker, front, was fouled by Utah's Al Jefferson. Parker led San Antonio with 18 points. AP

Tony Parker scored 18 points and the host San Antonio Spurs handed Utah its second-worst playoff loss in franchise history, beating the Jazz 114-83 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

NBA Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich practically put the Spurs on autopilot after a 20-0 run in the second quarter that stunned the Jazz, who had vowed to play better after the Spurs easily won Game 1. But this humiliating rout was even easier.

The Jazz never quite greeted Parker with the hard fouls the All-Star was supposed to have coming, and the Utah frontcourt of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap wasn't any more imposing on offense. Jefferson scored 10 points, and Millsap had nine.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

The only bigger embarrassment for the Jazz in the playoffs was a 42-point loss to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA Finals.

It's the first time the Spurs have led a series 2-0 since opening the 2008 playoffs against Phoenix. San Antonio won that series in five, and unless the Jazz can shake this off, this one will be over just as quick.

If not sooner.

By the second quarter, Jazz Coach Tyrone Corbin appeared to be wrestling with disgust.

That's when the Spurs held the Jazz scoreless for more than 7 minutes while rookie Kawhi Leonard and unheralded swingman Danny Green outplayed the Jazz's stars. Utah shot 5-for-28 in the second quarter and the Jazz filed off the court at halftime walking slow, heads down and quiet.

It had been only minutes earlier the Jazz were as close as 31-26. But the Spurs blew the game open so comfortably and quickly that Parker and Tim Duncan never left the bench in the fourth quarter.

Pacers 97, Magic 74: Danny Granger had 26 points and nine rebounds, Roy Hibbert added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Indiana beat host Orlando to a take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

The Pacers regained home-court advantage with the victory, riding good shooting early and building a 29-point lead in the fourth quarter.

They also dominated scoring underneath thanks to a 46-33 rebounding edge and have outscored the Magic 81-43 in the third quarter in the series.

Glen Davis led the Magic with 22 points, and J.J. Redick added 13. The Magic never led, struggled to get any scoring in the paint, and made a series-low five three-pointers.

Game 4 is Saturday in Orlando.

Indiana Coach Frank Vogel's implored the Pacers after each of the first two games to make better shot selections.

They finally did it in Game 3.

It translated into their best shooting of the series as the Pacers built a 23-point lead in the third quarter and led 76-55 entering the fourth.

Indiana had its way both inside and out, shooting 47 percent for the game (37 for 79) and holding a 42-22 edge on points in the paint.

Meanwhile, aside from Davis, Orlando's offense stalled at several points and the Magic connected on only 30 of their 71 attempts from the field.

Indiana led 44-38 at the half after starting the game on an offensive tear by hitting nine of its first 10 shots from the field.

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