Spurs play tune of Jazz


SAN ANTONIO – Manu Ginobili scored 18 points and Tim Duncan added 16 to help the Spurs clinch the Southwest Division title and the best record in the Western Conference.

The Spurs earned the No. 1 seed and homecourt advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

San Antonio (61-19) took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter and led by as many as 36 points, allowing the Spurs to rest their starters as the playoffs draw near.

Duncan hit 7-of-13 shots and had five rebounds in 22 minutes. He left the game and did not return with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter when the Spurs had a 14-point lead. Ginobili played 25 minutes.

Andrei Kirilenko sat out because of lower back spasms for the Jazz, who have lost two straight games.

Deron Williams led Utah (40-41) with 18 points.