The San Antonio Spurs lost their third straight game on Monday night, falling to the Utah Jazz 90-81 on the road.
The Spurs jumped out to a quick four point lead after the tip but were unable to sustain momentum. Following the four point lead, the Jazz took control, using a 13-4 to give them a lead they never relinquished the rest of the night.
Feb 23, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs guardManu Ginobili
(20) dribbles the ball as Utah Jazz forwardDerrick Favors
(15) defends during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Turnovers were the biggest issue in this one for a San Antonio team that is one loss away from guaranteeing a losing record on their nine game rodeo road trip. The Spurs committed 22 turnovers compared to only 17 assists.
Utah’s ball movement was poor as well, finishing with only 14 assists, but by only committing 13 giveaways, the Jazz were able to put themselves at a decisive advantage.
Both teams struggled to shoot the ball with the Spurs connecting on 40.5% of their field goals while the Jazz only made 41% of their attempts.
Three-point efficiency was much of the same story with San Antonio converting 5-of-19 from deep, Utah making 4-of-15 attempts.
Both the Spurs and the Jazz did an excellent job of getting to the line with each team shooting 20-plus attempts at the charity stripe.
Another reason San Antonio fell behind though was that they did not capitalize on their free throw tries. The team only made 12-of-21 attempts.
Leading the way for the Jazz was former first-round pick Trey Burke. The second-year guard came off the bench to provide a big 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Derrick Favors was also impressive, posting a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double.
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For the Spurs, it was once again Tim Duncan who tried to lead San Antonio to victory. The five-time champion posted another double-double, picking up 14 points and 10 rebounds. Boris Diaw had a nice night as well, coming off the bench to provide 13 points.
With the loss, San Antonio dropped to 2-4 on their rodeo road trip, 34-22 overall. The Jazz claimed their second straight victory with the win, improving to 21-34 on the season.
Next up for the Spurs is another road game, this time against the Portland Trail Blazers. The game is scheduled for Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. CT.
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