Nets and Spurs advance
Mon, 05 May 2014 12:19:36 GMT —
One of the most hard-fought and intense NBA playoff seasons in recent memory now has the San Antonio Spurs and Brooklyn Nets advancing to their conference semifinals by winning Game 7s on Sunday.
The Spurs closed out an otherwise tight series with a laugher as Tony Parker scored 32 points and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-ee jih-NOH'-blee) added 20 in a 119-96 pounding of Dallas. Danny Green had 16 points for the Spurs, who led by as many as 31 after earning their first three wins of the series by an average of four points.
The Spurs pulled away with a 14-2 run that gave them a 51-27 lead with eight minutes left in the first half.
San Antonio will host Portland in their first two games of their Western Conference semifinal series.
The Nets now prepare for Miami after pulling out a 104-103 triumph at Toronto. Joe Johnson scored half of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, but the Nets blew most of a 10-point lead in the final 6:18 and didn't secure the victory until Paul Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry's shot from the lane on the final play.
Marcus Thornton scored 17 points and Kevin Garnett had 12 and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the series.