THE SERIES

Game 1: Spurs 108, Jazz 100

Game 2: Spurs 105, Jazz 96

Game 3: Jazz 109, Spurs 83

Game 4: Spurs 91, Jazz 79

San Antonio leads series 3-1

Game 5: Wednesday, at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

Game 6: Friday, at Utah, 7 p.m.*

Game 7: Sunday, at San Antonio, 6:30 p.m.*

*if necessary

Deron well enough to play well

Although he was listed as a game-time decision because of the flu, was there ever really any doubt Deron Williams would play? The second-year point guard kept the Jazz from being blown out in the first half with 18 points and was the best player on the floor once again for the Jazz. Williams finished with 27 points on 11-of-21 shooting, 10 assists, three rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot, and did it while logging 38 minutes.

Popovich pulls even with Sloan

With the Spurs' 91-79 win over the Jazz, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich pulled back into a tie with Utah coach Jerry Sloan on the all-time playoff wins list, at 87. The two were tied after Game 2 as well, but Sloan edged back ahead with the Jazz's win in Game 3.

Is Eva bigger than Madonna?

It was back in 1994 when Delta Center fans were star gazing as Dennis Rodman was in town with the Spurs for the NBA Playoffs. He brought along his companion at the time, as it was none other than Madonna. Now, it is Tony Parker bringing his fiance, TV star Eva Longoria, to EnergySolutions Arena for the Utah crowd to torment.

Jazz bench pulls disappearing act

The Jazz bench production has been a key factor in each game of the series. It contributed only 31 points combined in Games 1 and 2, and the Jazz lost both. The team came back to win Game 3 while getting 38 points from the bench, so when the guys coming off the pine for the Jazz chipped in only nine points in Game 4 — Gordan Giricek led the way with only four points — a Spurs victory was nearly assured.

No second chance for the Jazz

The Jazz were near the top of the NBA during the regular season in second-chance points and offensive rebounds, but the Spurs beat them at their own game. San Antonio had 12 second-chance points compared the Utah's three, and the Spurs grabbed 12 offensive rebounds to only eight for the Jazz.