Spurs tune out Jazz to stay perfect at home


The San Antonio Spurs knew the Utah Jazz would be without three of their top players due to injury. That allowed Head Coach Gregg Popovich to give LaMarcus Aldridge a well deserved night off.

Without Tony Parker for the second straight game, the Silver and Black would have no problem handing the Jazz to stay perfect at home.

Tim Duncan scored 18 points, leading a balanced attack for the Spurs, who earned a 123-98 victory over the Jazz at the AT&T Center on Wednesday night to keep them undefeated at home.

Kawhi Leonard added 15 points and David West added 14 and 13 rebounds in his seventh start of the season. Manu Ginobili also had 14 off the bench for San Antonio, who improved to 21-0 at home and have won 30 straight inside the friendly confines dating back to last season.

“It was good, but it wasn’t a fair fight,” Popovich said. “Those guys played really hard. I actually think they executed their offense better than we executed ours, but they are just missing so many guys. It’s a real tribute to that coaching staff and those players that come out every night like this and play their butts off.”

Utah (15-19) was without Dante Exum, Rudy Gobert, Alec Burks and Derrick Favors. They were led in scoring by Trey Burke, who had 21 points. Gordon Hayward added 18 for the Jazz, who fell to 5-11 on the road for the season.

“I would have liked to see us be better defensively and make it a little harder,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “But I think when you look back on it, there are a lot of things that you may want but maybe aren’t as realistic against the group we just played.”

San Antonio shot 61 percent for the game and finished with 34 assists, remaining undefeated when posting 30+ assists in a game.

The Spurs are now 31-6 on the season and will return to the court on Friday when they welcome the New York Knicks to the AT&T Center at 7:30 p.m.

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