Spurs vs. Jazz Recap

Project Spurs would like to welcome Emily Allen. In her first post, she recaps the Spurs vs. Jazz game from January 20, 2010.  Look forward to many great articles from her in the future for Spurs fans everywhere.

By Emily Allen

It was a frustrating night at the AT&T Center as the San Antonio Spurs (25-16) faced the Utah Jazz (24-18) in the last of the teams’ four-game season series. For the Jazz, it ended in a hard-fought clean sweep with a 105-98 over the Spurs.

Coming off a 97-90 win in New Orleans on Monday afternoon, the Spurs took to the court with Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Keith Bogans, George Hill and Tim Duncan as the starting lineup. Duncan came into the game a mere 15 points shy of reaching the 20,000-point career milestone.

San Antonio had first possession, but found themselves in trouble immediately with three turnovers in the first two and a half minutes of the game. It would be a full five minutes of play before Richard Jefferson scored a three-pointer to put the Spurs on the board after Utah’s unanswered 12-point scoring spree. This was Jefferson’s first return to the court after sitting out against the Hornets due to back spasms.

The Spurs found their rhythm, resulting in a 25-point run led by Hill from the end of the first well into the second quarter. Hill’s last second three-pointer gave San Antonio their first lead of the game, 22-21. Four of the eleven scoring plays in the total scoring drive were three point shots from Hill, Jefferson and Manu Ginobili. 

With 5:12 left in the first half, Blair’s 2-point basket created a 13-point Spurs lead over the Jazz. However, Utah came back with a vengeance, squandering the Spurs’ lead to a mere five points by the end of the half. Spurs were getting it done in the paint as they scored 22 of the their 50 points.

Going into the halftime break and with only three points to his name for the game thus far, Duncan walked back into the team’s locker room with a look of sheer disappointment. But to begin the third quarter, he came back to score nine of San Antonio’s 20 points in the third quarter.

The Spurs were able to respond to several of Utah’s baskets at the beginning of the half, but couldn’t fully recover from their powerful offense of the Jazz. A foul from Duncan sent Carlos Boozer to the free throw line; the Jazz were able to get the best of the Spurs by gaining a 2-point lead, 60-58, with less than seven minutes on the clock.

Errors and fouls continued to plague the Spurs, as Utah was able to score 23-of-26 free throws (or of their 60 total points scored) in the second half. Ginobili made 3-of-4 free throws in the last 1:21 of the third, narrowing Utah’s lead to four points going into the fourth.

The rhythm that finally brought the Spurs into the game midway through the first quarter became very hard to find as Utah made their presence known. Having developed a 12-point lead, the Jazz made it difficult for San Antonio to make a comeback by dominating the fourth quarter. The tide began to turn for the Spurs as Parker and Ginobili led the surge to answer nearly every point lost to Utah, to the point San Antonio was within range of taking over while down by 3 with 48 seconds left.

Just thirty seconds left on the clock, Duncan fouled out of the game at 19,999 career points – one point shy of the mark so many fans had hoped he’d reach in the game against the Jazz. He’ll have to wait until Friday evening when the Spurs take on the Houston Rockets in San Antonio.

Beginning with Duncan’s final foul, Utah’s last six points of the game were all free throws. Only Parker was able to scored one last basket for San Antonio, bringing the final score to 105-98.

Ginobili led the team in scoring with 22 points, followed by Parker with 20, Hill scored 16 and Duncan had 14. Blair and Duncan led in rebounds with 11 and 10 respectively; Ginobili led with 8 assists.

Turnovers seem be one of the biggest problems plaguing this Spurs team. With 16 turnovers in this game alone, certainly better control would have changed the first few minutes of the game. In addition, the three-point shooting needs to improve desperately; San Antonio made 6-of-21 tonight – four of which were made in the first half 25-point scoring burst.

The Spurs remain in second place in the Southwest Division and are currently two and a half games back of the division leading Dallas Mavericks.  The Spurs will next face the Houston Rockets in San Antonio this Friday night.

Spurs vs. Jazz Recap

After back-to-back home losses against the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets, the Spurs got on the road to take on the Utah Jazz.  Turnovers had cost the Spurs both those games so the question going into tonight’s game was can they take care of the ball?

This is how it went down in Utah.

First Quarter:

Spurs started with Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Antonio McDyess, Richard Jefferson, and Keith Bogans.

Not a good way to start the game.  Boozer hits a shot for the “and 1” and the Jazz take the early lead and drew a foul on McDyess sending Boozer to the line.  Interesting to see the Spurs used Bogans to guard D. Williams.  They used a bigger player on D. Williams.  Also, Pop went to the bench early bringing in DeJuan Blair and Roger Mason.

First points for the Spurs were by TD and TP and throughout the quarter it was them carrying the team.

At the 5:59 point of the game it was Spurs 16, Jazz 13.

Great first quarter for the Spurs.  Passing the ball, taking care of the ball, and making their shots.  RJ hit a three point shot and at the end of the quarter it was Spurs 31, Jazz, 24.

Second Quarter

Spurs started with Duncan, Hill, Blair, Ginobili and Jefferson.

Spurs maintained the lead and early on in the quarter Okur picked off his third foul.  This could be key for the Spurs later on in the game.

At the 9:31 point of the game it was Spurs 37, Jazz 24.

Great defense on Boozer tonight.  On one play on the defensive end, Hill, Blair and RJ all collapsed Boozer in the paint to force the missed shot. Also Bonner hit 3-3 from the floor early on in the game.  But the Spurs started to miss shots and let the Jazz cut into the lead and at the 7:00 point of the quarter it was Spurs 43, Jazz 32.

Once again the Spurs turn the ball over.  First RJ traveled and Mason turned the ball over on a pass to Bonner.  Very frustrating to watch as a Spurs fan.

Bonner having a great first half.  At this point in the game he had 12 points, grabbing boards and hitting the outside shot.  He was 3-3 from the three-point line.  Also getting into the act was George Hill when he hit a three-point shot.

At the 2:38 it was Spurs, 51 Jazz, 42.

Spurs were doing a great defensive job on Deron Williams.  Not allowing him to get in the paint and minimizing his impact in the game. Also the Spurs were maintaining their lead without Parker in the game.

RJ continued to hit his outside shot but early on the Jazz were outscoring the Spurs in the paint and this allowed the Jazz to cut the Spurs lead and at the end of the first half it was Spurs 57, Jazz 49.

Leading the way for the Spurs was Duncan with 15 points and Bonner with 12 points. Spurs shot 53% from the floor, 56% from the three-point line and the bench scored 23 points. Spurs committed four turnovers.

Third Quarter:

The Spurs started with Duncan, Parker, Jefferson, Bogans, and McDyess.

Right off the bat the Spurs turned the ball over with an over-and-back foul.  But the Jazz were also not taking care of the ball and one Jazz turnover led to an easy bucket for Bogans. But the Jazz capitalized on Spurs missed shots and lack of offensive rebounding, cutting the lead to four and at the 8:19 point it was Spurs, 62 Jazz, 58.

The third quarter continued to be horrible for the Spurs. Ronnie Brewer drove to the lane for the “and 1” cutting the Spurs lead to 64-63.  But Parker hit the outside shot to up the lead to 66-63.

The quarter continued to be tough for the Spurs. Deron scored seven for the Jazz late in the quarter, the Spurs were not rebounding and were letting the Jazz get into the paint.   The Spurs lost the lead and at the 4:48 point it was Spurs, 68 Jazz, 74.

Okur hit a three, crowd back in the game, momentum swinging in the Jazz favor but the Spurs maintained focus and shots by Manu and Tony kept the score close and at the 2:15 point it was Spurs 73, Jazz 79.

This was a forgettable quarter for the Spurs. The Jazz got it done on the defensive end, and outscored the Spurs in the quarter, 37-19, to take a 86-75 lead into the fourth quarter. Jazz scored 18 points in the paint.

Fourth Quarter:

Spurs started with Bonner, Blair, Hill, Mason, and Jefferson.

Bonner hit a shot and hit a runner in the lane to start things off for the Spurs.  Early on in this quarter, the only Spur to show up was Bonner.  Also Pop went to Malik Hairston to try to get something going for this team.

Bonner continued to keep the Spurs in the game.  He was hitting his free-throws, and hitting the three shot.  For as much as the Spurs were playing terrible, they went on an 11-0 run and the score at the 5:51 point was Spurs 91, Jazz 92.

At the 3:00 point it was tied 96.

With the game tight with seconds left, Duncan hit two free throws to take a one point lead but Williams hit a shot over RJ and with 22 seconds left in the game Jazz were in the lead, 101-102.

However a final second miss by Bonner and the Spurs drop another game and lose their third in a row.  Final score from Utah 104-101.  Spurs record is now 9-9.  Their next game is against the Sacramento Kings.

Shiny Spur Award — Matt Bonner
Rusty Spur Award — Roger Mason


  • Matt Bonner led the way for the Spurs with 28 points off the bench. A career high for him.
  • Spurs had 15 turnovers tonight.
  • Spurs bench scored 42 points.
  • Spurs went 9-22 from the three point line.
  • Mason continued to look terrible on the floor. In 22 minutes he went 1-5 from the floor and scored three points.
  • Spurs lost three games to the Jazz this season.  They play the Jazz once more on January 20 in San Antonio