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Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1: Jazz in, Suns out The Utah Jazz sent Phoenix home last night, beating them 100-88 and securing the final spot in the playoffs. They are now likely to face the San Antonio Spurs, whom they've lost three of four to this season. But it doesn't matter much to Utah, who got a combined 44 points and 31 rebounds from Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson in the win. For Jefferson, it's the first time in the playoffs since his rookie season in Boston in 2005. That team lost a 7-game first round series to the Indiana Pacers. The next two years in Boston started a long losing trend for Jefferson as the Celtics hit rock-bottom and he was then sent to Minnesota as part of the Garnett trade. Leading the Jazz to a first round upset of the Spurs would be a story for Jefferson. Utah does have the size to make life hard for San Antonio. We'll have to see if that's enough, thou...
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