(SALT LAKE CITY) — The San Antonio Spurs weren’t going to make an early exit from the playoffs two years in a row. The Spurs bench outscored the Jazz’s 57-10 as they beat the Jazz 87-81, and eliminated them from the playoffs.
Manu Ginobli came off the bench for the Spurs and scored a team-high of 17 points. The Spurs reserves actually outscored the Spurs starters by 27 points.
“We’ve been a pretty deep team this year, deeper than we usually are,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. “We depended on that the entire year and it came through for us again tonight. A couple of starters had a tough time getting going and the bench filled in admirably.”
The Spurs, the number one seed in the Western Conference for the second straight year, made sure history didn’t repeat itself. Last year the Spurs were upset by the Memphis Grizzlies in six games.
The Spurs now wait for a chance to possibly avenge last years loss. They will take on the winner of the series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies.
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Jill Martin, CNN