Official Spurs at Jazz Game Thread (9:30)
TV: KENS, ESPN, KBVO (Austin)
San Antonio (18 - 4)
Utah (12 - 10)
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO
(AP) -- Nearly two weeks ago, the San Antonio Spurs were fined by the NBA for resting their stars.
Now, they own the best record in the league behind a red-hot Tony Parker.
Parker looks to build on his first career triple-double as the visiting Spurs try for a season-high sixth straight win and to continue their dominance of the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
San Antonio (18-4) has won 10 of 11 with the lone loss the infamous Nov. 29 visit to Miami in which coach Gregg Popovich wound up being fined $250,000 for sending four key players home.
The Spurs haven't lost since, largely thanks to their point guard. Parker has averaged 23.6 points, 8.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 61.4 percent from the floor since his night off against the Heat.
The All-Star kept San Antonio rolling Monday, recording his first triple-double by scoring 27 points with 12 assists and 12 boards in a 134-126 overtime victory at Houston.
"I was like: 'Man if we lose, nobody is going to care,'" Parker said of his milestone stat line. "That we won the game it makes it even better, because at the end of the day people only care about wins."
The Spurs have the most road victories in the league, compiling an 11-2 record after winning the first two of this four-game trip, which ends in Portland on Thursday.
No other team has won more than eight away from home.
San Antonio has averaged 133.0 points on 51.6 percent shooting from behind the arc on the first half of the trip, and Gary Neal hit 7 of 10 3-point attempts for a career-high 29 points Monday.
He's scoring 17.1 per game over the past seven.
The Spurs have won 11 of the last 12 meetings with the Jazz (12-10), including a sweep in the opening round of the playoffs last season.
In the first meeting since, Parker had 24 points and 10 assists in a 110-100 home win Nov. 3. He's averaged 22.1 points over his last 17 meetings with the Jazz, including the postseason.
"He is who he is in this league and he does it every night," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We have to be aggressive with him. We have to give him different looks at different times, have different bodies on him. You have to continue to figure out what's working for him that night."
Containing Parker could give Utah a season-high four game winning streak, and being at home should help.
The Jazz are 8-1 as hosts, though they've dropped five of six there to the Spurs while shooting just 21.6 percent (16 of 74) from beyond the arc.
"We're always comfortable playing at home," guard Mo Williams said. "So it's good to have them on our home floor. There's a comfort level there, but at the end of the day we respect those guys, but we want to win."
Williams had 29 points and nine assists against the Spurs last month after being held to 9.5 points per game off the bench for the Clippers as they, too, were swept out of the playoffs by San Antonio.
The Jazz have managed at least 50 points in the paint in four of their last five games despite being without reserve Derrick Favors.
Favors, who has been battling plantar fasciitis, practiced Tuesday and is considered a game-time decision Wednesday.
Should be a more low score game then vs the Rockets but should be a W.
Spurs are coming from the OT win in H Town. That is a huge high they need to keep it up and don't let down since they are on a B2B tonight!!!!
Spurs TEAM 92:rock
A Close Thriller game. Defensive Physical Battle. Very tough Jazz team at home but Spurs run away with the W because of their Spurs TEAM D and Hustles!
I am looking for the BENCH to keep the pace and lift us while Starters would need to rest more tonight.
It would be interesting if Pop can afford to play the starter limited minutes to save them for tomorrow?? Both teams are Western Conf teams that we need to win for our seeding...
*Refs for tonight: Mike Callahan, Curtis Blair, & David Guthrie*
Spurs -- Something
Jazz -- Something Else
9:30 start means I check in the morning.
Come Home, Timmy!
The Jazz are 8-1 at home with their only loss coming to LAC by 1 point. They also have Favors as questionable for tonights game but based on Eddy's initial post above, Utah seems to be filling in quite well with his loss. Regardless, it will be a tough game as they all are in Utah. But if the Spurs can continue to play 'team' ball and play aggressive defense and limit their turnovers, they should win.
Spurs .... 94
Utah ..... 88
Another one of those games...
Not happy with Greens play tonight. Not a bad loss just irritating
SAD this Buzzer shot was a lucky shot for Moe Williams! :( :( :(
Oh Well. Proud of my Spurs. They all fought real hard.
All Spurs played very hard. But....The combination of Jazz being rested for two days waiting on Spurs, the clock shot malfunction at the wrong time, and Spurs being exhausted.
Spurs started dragging and came slow with obvious fatigue from H Town game. Then they tried to grind it. But few mental breakdown mistakes just happened at the end of that game as Spurs just ran out of gas!
Blame this one on the schedule! Thanks NBA Schedulers. You caused us to lose that game in Miami as Pop rested his starters then in Utah here.
Jazz played okay but no credit for them here at all. Jazz can't beat the Spurs in a 7 game series. This is just one lucky win for them.....
Let's go Spurs and Beat the Blazers on TNT tomorrow night!
Go Spurs Go!
I think Green might very well is bothered by that nagging injury he had last week. He tried to tough it out as much as he could.
We know Gary Neal was playing on a semi injured calf if I recall the announcer said during the game.
And not so bad loss but frustrating.... Oh well... Spurs will rebound tomorrow so watch out Blazers!!! :wink
It looked simple to me. The Spurs executed well, their wide open shots simply would not go down last night. Its not like they always had a defender in their face. Just too many misses using the same plays they always use.
unfortunate last seconds :-(
monster timmy! how long since last 20+ pts 20+ rebs game?
The real key to last night's game was the play of mediocre Gordon Hayward. He only plays like that at home, and unfortunately he picked a night to shoot 50+ % from three point range.
There was a point in the fourth after Diaw had made a wide open three to push the lead to 8, that Hayward made another one of his lucky shots . . . cutting the Spurs lead to 5. After that . . . . the Spurs let it slip away.
All I have to say is "aw, rats!!"
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