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San Antonio Spurs vs Utah Jazz: Post Game Grades

Feb 25, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (L) and center Tim Duncan (21) sit on the bench late in the second half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. San Antonio won 96-78. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (L) and center Tim Duncan (21) sit on the bench late in the second half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. San Antonio won 96-78. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs (49-9) won their 21st game on the road this season defeating the Utah Jazz (28-29) 96-78 Thursday night.

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The Good: San Antonio basketball was on display in Utah on Thursday as four of the five starters were in double-figures. Kawhi Leonard in his second game back led the way with 29 points on 10 of 15 shooting from the floor. LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan combined for 29. Duncan came off of a game where he was held scoreless for just the second time in his career. Tony Parker continued his strong play as he chipped in 16.

The Bad: First quarter was just awful for San Antonio in executing on both ends. They were down by seven at the end of the first quarter before clamping down on Utah in the second, the rest they say is history.

Quote of the Night: Utah Jazz Head Coach Quinn Snyder on the Spurs defense: “They make you expend so much energy that when you do get open shots, they’re a little harder. You have to work for them.”

San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER. A+. 16 points (5-12 FG), 6 assists, 3 rebounds — Parker has been playing at a high-level during the Spurs current road trip. He has reached double-figures in all and has helped them improve to 6-1. Against Utah, he ran the team perfectly and continued to play aggressive on the offensive end.. PG

SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN. C. 0 points (0-5 FG), 2 rebounds — Green did not have an encore performance from his 16 point outburst against Sacramento on Wednesday, he missed all five attempts he took against Utah. Green scoring is a plus for San Antonio but what he does not get much credit for is his defense and the amount of energy he uses. A solid-defender in his own right, Green had a hand in holding the Jazz to 76 points in the game. 

29 points (10-15 FG), 3 assists, 5 rebound, 3 steals — In just his second day back from injury, Leonard put on a clinic against the Jazz. He was incredible on both ends of the floor. Leonard hit three of his five attempts from 3 on his way to scoring a game-high 29 points. On the defensive side of the ball, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year had three steals and helped lockdown Utah’s Gordon Hayward.. SF. San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD. A+

A. 15 points (7-15 FG), 7 rebounds, 1 block — In 33 minutes of play Aldridge put his own stamp on the game. He finished with 15 points on 7 of 15 shooting. He had his hands full at times as he was helping defend Utah’s Derrick Favors who finished with 25 points. Aldridge did have one block in the game.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE

A. 14 points (7-11 FG), 11 rebounds, 2 assists — What a difference one game makes. Duncan on Wednesday was held scoreless. Agains the Jazz, Duncan seemed more aggressive on the offensive end. He finished with 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win.. C. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN

SECOND UNIT. B. 22 points, 3 assists, 15 rebounds — Not much needed from the bench as the starters held their own. Patty Mills as he has been all year was the spark the team needed as he was the only player to reach double-figures with 11 points. David West finished with six and three rebounds.. Bench. San Antonio Spurs

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