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Spurs polish off Jazz to sweep

Manu Ginobili broke out of his shooting slump with 17 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to an 87-81 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night and a sweep of their first-round Western Conference series.

Ginobili was 0 for 8 from beyond the arc in the first three games. But after Utah pulled within 61-58 with 3:18 left in the third, he hit consecutive three-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. Utah made a furious charge late and was within 83-79 on Al Jefferson's putback with 49 seconds left.

But Ginobili's fastbreak layup after a steal by Tony Parker sealed it.

Top-seeded San Antonio advanced to the second round and awaits the winner of the Memphis-Los Angeles Clippers series, which may not be settled until Sunday.


Davis done for a year

NEW YORK -- Baron Davis has torn the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee, a potentially career-threatening injury for the Knicks' 33-year-old point guard.

The Knicks said Davis will have surgery this week and is expected to be out a year after an MRI on Monday also revealed a partial tear of the patellar tendon.

Davis was hurt Sunday in the Knicks' 89-87 victory over Miami, crumbling to the court when his knee gave out as he dribbled upcourt on a fast break in the third quarter. Teammates quickly waved for help, and some players looked away as replays of the gruesome injury were shown on the overhead video board.

"I didn't want to watch," Heat forward Chris Bosh said. "I kind of heard the reaction and then when they were playing it back on the Jumbotron like 80 times everybody could hear the reaction of the crowd. You never want to see guys go down like that. I just hope that everything's OK for him and he recovers well."

Davis was taken off the court on a stretcher, with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade offering the popular veteran words of encouragement.

Davis has battled injuries in recent years and said he wasn't sure if he would play again after a herniated disk in his back last year kept him out until February.


Tonight's games

*Indiana has been in control of the first-round series against Orlando, leading by a 3-1 margin. Game Five is tonight in Indiana.

*The Celtics haven't shown their age in the playoffs. They take a 3-1 lead into Atlanta for tonight's Game Five (8 p.m., TNT).

*The Bulls could be out of the playoffs after tonight's game against Philadelphia. Chicago is down, 3-1, but will be at home this evening.

*The Lakers have a chance to eliminate the Nuggets in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m., TNT). They took Game Four in part because of Kobe Bryant's sharp passing.

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