May 5, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Matt Bonner (15) and Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) battle for position during the second half of game three in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena. The Spurs defeated the Jazz 102-90. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Game Three Grades: Spurs 102, Jazz 90

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May 5, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) dribbles toward the basket during the first half of game three in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

What road woes? San Antonio extended their series lead to 3 games in Salt Lake City, and will hope to pull out the brooms Monday night.

The Jazz hung tough for a half, but the Spurs outscored them 50-40 in the second half, sending thousands of disappointed Utah fans home with little hope.

James Anderson, SG 0:34 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

Can’t really hate on James for standing in for half a minute in garbage time. Grade: C

DeJuan Blair, C  6:04 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -2

Tiago’s presence gave Blair most of the night off as back-up center. The Jazz’s size ultimately keeping him from playing too much with Splitter back. Grade: C

Matt Bonner, PF 15:54 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +9

Once again, Bonner was not much of a factor. He had a nice three to cap off the first half, but other than that, the Red Rocket has not truly taken launch in the postseason. Grade: C

Boris Diaw, PF 20:55 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +5

Diaw has been doing well, but he wasn’t exactly on his game tonight. The Jazz front court once again proving to be the only bright spot for Utah. Grade: B-

Tim Duncan, C 34:48 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +8

A little Vintage Duncan never hurts the Spurs. 35 solid minutes for the big man, but he’ll need to get ready for an equally big Clippers or Grizzlies team. Grade: A-

Manu Ginobili, SG 28:01 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 10 AST | 6 PTS | +9

The silent killer. His passing abilities go overlooked by his aggressive moves to the basket, so it’s nice to when you see him get others involved. Grade: B+

Danny Green, G 30:55 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +8

“Skrilla” left nothing behind in San Antonio, and took advantage of the Utah guards who still don’t have an answer for the Spurs back court. Grade: A-

Stephen Jackson, SG 23:25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +8

Jackson’s first road playoff game with the Spurs, and it brought back a few memories. Jack lead the team with a 3-5 performance from long range, giving the Spurs more cushion in the second half. Grade: B+

Kawhi Leonard, SF 14:51 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | 0

After that great Game Two outing, Kawhi was a bit quiet in this one. Grade: C+

Gary Neal, PG 6:51 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | 0

Two three’s off the bench, but Neal’s services not needed so much with solid nights from Green/Jackson/Parker. Grade: B-

Tony Parker, PG 39:34 MIN | 10-17 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 27 PTS | +11

M-V-P. M-V-P. M-V-P. Grade: A+

Tiago Splitter, C 18:08 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +4

He’s back. In his first game back, Splitter off the bench nearly had a double-double and looked half-bad in his first game back from the left wrist sprain. Grade: B+

Conclusion. Utah played a good first half, but the Spurs were too much at the end of the day. Even if they can’t complete the sweep Monday, I wouldn’t expect to see this series return to Utah after Monday.

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