There were no issues for the Jazz with no Donovan Mitchell against the Spurs, 110-104. Utah got led by the sixth man of the year in 2021, Jordan Clarkson, with 23 points. The Spurs get their first loss of the season without Dejounte Murray; they got led by Derrick White with 21 points in the loss against the Jazz.
Jazz Played Solid All Around
All starters for Utah scored in double-digits except for Royce O’Neale, who had 3 points and five rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic had the second-most points on the team with 19 points; Rudy Gobert got a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. The guards of the Jazz got 12 points for Mike Conley and 17 points for 17 points.
Spurs 104 Points Wasn’t Enough
The Spurs come into this matchup against the Jazz with a 4-13 when opponents scored at least 110 points. Well, the Spurs picked up their 14th loss against a team without their top scorer of the Jazz Donovan Mitchell.
Keldon Johnson had 13 points and seven rebounds. Jakob Poeltl gets another double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Keita Bates-Diop struggled with 2 points in 16 minutes.
Hot 1st Quarter
Utah and San Antonio started out shooting great to begin the game. The Spurs were able to get their most significant lead of the quarter was four at the 4:53 minute mark. Jock Landale made a three-pointer to make the score 19-15.
Both teams shot great in the first quarter. The Spurs shot 63.2% from the field while the Jazz shot 57.1%. San Antonio never led in the game after the first quarter. But the Jazz had other plans and responded with a 19-12 run to finish the 1st quarter.
Jazz Take Control
San Antonio cut the lead down to five 38-33 by buckets made by Devin Vassell and Derrick White. Utah went on a 12-2 run to take control of the game led by Bojan Bogdanovic’s 8 points in the second quarter to take a 50-35 lead.
The most significant lead of the quarter was 15 in the second quarter. Two Derrick White layups brought the lead down to 10 points to make the halftime score 53-43.
Utah Keeps Lead For Win
The second half was an even-sided half, with the Spurs outscoring the 61-57. But they couldn’t get stops when they needed to against the Jazz. Utah built their lead to 16 points with three minutes left in the third quarter. A Lonnie Walker IV three-pointer and Jock Landale dunk got the lead down to 12 points.
But both teams just went back-and-forth in the fourth quarter. The Spurs went on an 8-0 run in the couple minutes of the games to close within 108-102 after Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich got the starters out of the game. Clarkson responded with two free throws.
Spurs Making Improvments
Popovich, after the game, said,” Overall, it was a good game for improvement, understanding how we have to play, and what this is all about. I am actually pleased.” The Spurs should be happy they kept battling against one of the best teams in the western conference. This game will be a learning moment for the Spurs.
Jazz Get Win Without Mitchell
San Antonio entered as the third-best scoring offense in the NBA. Utah’s Quin Snyder said after the game, “They do an excellent job pushing the ball, and we didn’t allow them to get those 3s.” The Spurs shot 33.3% from the three-point line.
San Antonio will host Miami on Wednesday.
Utah will continue to be on road on Wednesday against Portland.
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