Spurs Punch Finals Ticket

San Antonio routs Utah at home, 109-84, to clinch their fourth finals berth in nine years
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted May 31, 2007 4:28 AM CDT
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, and San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, left,of Argentina, share a light moment on the bench in the third quarter of Game 5 against the Utah Jazz in the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In their last game of the season, the upstart Jazz were schooled by the wily veteran Spurs, who led by 23 points early in the second quarter and were able to rest their stars for the duration of the fourth. Three-time Finals MVP Tim Duncan led his team with 21 points, matched by French point guard Tony Parker.

Utah shooting guard Derek Fisher arrived late from the airport, entering the game at halftime; his infant daughter had been receiving urgent medical care in New York earlier that day.  For the NBA championship, San Antonio will play the winner of the Cleveland-Detroit series, which is tied 2-2. (Read more NBA stories.)