SCOREBOARD
Thursday, May 31
Cleveland at Detroit (8 p.m. EDT). The series is tied 2-2.

STARS
Wednesday
- Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, Spurs. Each finished with 21 points to lead San Antonio into the NBA Finals with a 109-84 win over Utah.

GOING FOR FOUR
San Antonio's 109-84 win over Utah on Wednesday night put them in the NBA Finals for the fourth time. They won it all in 1999, 2003 and '05.

KOBE'S BEEF
Believing he had been insulted and misled, Kobe Bryant asked the Los Angles Lakers for a trade Wednesday and insisted nothing could change his mind. Then something did. He spoke with coach Phil Jackson and backed off his request. Bryant also told KLAC, the Lakers' flagship station, that he hadn't heard from owner Jerry Buss, indicating a conversation could go a long way toward resolving the matter.

HURTING
The Jazz missed Derek Fisher and Deron Williams in their 109-84 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday night. Fisher missed the start of the game because he was flying back from New York, where his infant daughter was getting medical care for a rare eye condition, and Williams was slowed by a sprained right foot.

SPEAKING
``Our first quarter was unbelievable. I can't remember, since I've been with the Spurs, shooting the ball like that. Our offense was great, our defense was great. ... You can't ask for a better start.'' - San Antonio's Tony Parker after the Spurs shot out to a 30-11 lead in the first quarter of their 109-84 win Wednesday night to advance to the NBA Finals.

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