Despite the fact that only one or two players at best could actually crack the San Antonio Spurs’ regular season roster, their Summer League squad continued to play like the model of the team, after earning an 86-77 victory over the Utah Jazz Thursday.
Behind Austin Daye’s 20 points, the Spurs used a balanced effort, as five players scored in double-figures, to battle with the Jazz, as San Antonio finally pulled away in the final two minutes, after a corner 3-pointer from Bryce Cotton sealed the victory for San Antonio.
In the first half, it was Daye and Deshaun Thomas who carried San Antonio, as Thomas would go on to finish with 14 points. Guard Vander Blue also put forth another stable performance with 10 points off the bench.
Throughout the game, rookie Kyle Anderson couldn’t keep himself on the floor, as he was drawing fouls left and right in each individual quarter. When the fourth quarter came along however, and Anderson already working with four fouls, Anderson was able to keep himself on the floor and scored seven of his eight points in the quarter. From earning visits to the free throw line, to making a 3-pointer, Anderson in the end made an impact in the quarter where it mattered the most, the fourth.
Despite having to guard Trey Burke of the Jazz, Cotton had a solid performance on both sides of the ball. He contested Burke’s drives to the baskets, while he also scrapped to get around screens. On offense, he once more dunked with two hands, and as mentioned above, he made a clutch 3-pointer for San Antonio. Cotton finished with 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, and threw three assists.
Like Anderson, Jeff Ayres was also dealing with foul issues in the first half of the game, but he was able to put himself in a position to play in the fourth quarter. Darius Morris also scored 10 points for San Antonio as the starting shooting guard.
For the Jazz, Rodney Hood guided Utah with his sharp shooting and drives in the paint with 19 points. Australian rookie Dante Exum didn’t have a dazzling night, as he struggled shooting 1-of-8 from the floor for five points.
The Spurs have moved onto the Quarter-Finals Saturday, where they’ll play the winner of the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat, who will play Thursday evening.