Originally created 05/11/05

Spurs top SuperSonics, extend series lead



SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs sure are making things look easy this postseason.

Manu Ginobili came off the bench and livened the offense with his usual array of layups and long jumpers, making 9 of 11 shots and scoring 28 points, leading San Antonio past the Seattle SuperSonics 108-91 Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.

Tim Duncan was his usual steady self with 25 points and nine rebounds for San Antonio.

Since a stunning loss at home in the playoff opener against Denver, the Spurs have won six straight by an average margin of 16 points. Considering how they've dominated the Sonics in every aspect - leading for all but 62 seconds - perhaps Seattle's best hope is that overconfidence gets the best of San Antonio. And that's not likely.

The Spurs certainly remember what happened this time last year, when they led Los Angeles 2-0 after winning the first two games of the second round at home. The series moved to the Pacific Coast and San Antonio didn't win again. In case anyone forgot, coach Gregg Popovich will surely mention it before they fly to Seattle for Games 3 and 4, starting Thursday night.

Ray Allen shook off a sprained ankle that knocked him out of the opener and scored 25 points in 42 minutes. Rashard Lewis scored 22. The Sonics even had a stretch of 22 points scored by that duo.

Problem was, the Spurs already had taken control, thanks mostly to Ginobili.

When he came in the first time, he quickly made two 3-pointers and two layups, putting San Antonio up 20-8. The lead was 42-24 with 5:19 left in first half. Seattle got back within eight, but the lead was 12 at halftime and at least nine the rest of the game.

The Sonics did a better job of containing Tony Parker, but the point guard still scored 22 points and helped the Spurs make 53 percent of their shots.