Basketball NBA Spurs Win First Series Opener in Four Years

San Antonio hadn't won a Game 1 in its last six postseason series - including the one that began a shocking first-round ouster last year.

SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker scored 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their first playoff opener in four years, beating the Utah Jazz 106-91 in Game 1 of their first-round series Sunday.

Tim Duncan added 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Spurs dodge another early playoff letdown. Despite boasting the No. 1 seed again, San Antonio hadn't won a Game 1 in its last six postseason series - including the one that began a shocking first-round ouster last year.

Paul Millsap led Utah with 20 points. The Jazz hung close until the third, when the NBA's top 3-point shooting team began burying Utah with three in a two-minute burst to finish the quarter. The Spurs have won 11 in a row. Game 2 is Wednesday in San Antonio.

Center Tiago Splitter sprained his left wrist and didn't return after scoring four points in eight minutes. The severity of the injury wasn't immediately known.