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Spurs cruise; Jazz win in OT

San Antonio's Ime Udoka, left, and New Orleans' Jannero Pargo battle for a loose ball. The Spurs won, 100-80, Sunday in San Antonio.

San Antonio's Ime Udoka, left, and New Orleans' Jannero Pargo battle for a loose ball. The Spurs won, 100-80, Sunday in San Antonio.

May 12, 2008

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— Warming up before Game 4, Tim Duncan decided to have a little fun. He threw the ball behind his back and between his legs, then went up for the lay-in.

Yep, it was going to be that easy.

Duncan had his best game of the series against New Orleans - 22 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks - to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-80 victory over the Hornets on Sunday.

"I'm just trying to do my part," Duncan said. "It's just that. You've got to step up at playoff time. It's win or go home. So you've got to step up and make plays."

The Spurs have stormed back from an 0-2 deficit that looked as if it would be tough to overcome, especially after the losses in Games 1 and 2 were each by nearly 20 points.

Now the Spurs, the old guard and defending champions, and Hornets, this year's youthful surprise success story, are even at 2 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Tony Parker added 21 points for the Spurs, who are assured of a Game 6 back in San Antonio. Game 5 is Tuesday in New Orleans.

The Spurs led by as many as 27. They shot 51 percent (39-of-76), while the Hornets were cold when it counted. They shot 37 percent through three quarters and finished 33-of-82 (40 percent) from the field.

Jazz 123, Lakers 115, OT

Salt Lake City - Andrei Kirilenko blocked Kobe Bryant twice in overtime and converted a three-point play with 35 seconds remaining as Utah beat the Lakers, tying the Western Conference semifinals at 2-2.

The Jazz went 9-for-9 from the foul line in overtime and outscored the Lakers, 15-7, in the extra five minutes.

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