The San Antonio Spurs welcomed home two ex-players in George Hill and Boris Diaw. Though Diaw did not play, he was in attendance and saw the Utah Jazz hand the Spurs their first loss of the season.
The Jazz came into San Antonio and played possibly the best basketball they could. In the first quarter everything that they shot up towards the basket was able to find the bottom of the net.
They shot a blistering 70 percent in the first quarter and that is hard for any team to contend with. The hot shooting from the Jazz led them to 38 first quarter points, which would be the most San Antonio has given up this season.
Nov 1, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Jonathon Simmons (17) dunks the ball against the Utah Jazz during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
It would be Hill and Rodney Hood that would help lead the Jazz. Hill played three seasons with San Antonio and it showed. He penetrated, he assisted, he flat out played a great game for Utah to help push them to a 106-91 win over San Antonio.
With Gordon Hayward also inactive, Hood stepped up in his absence as he finished with 19 points.
The Jazz made a season-high 15 3-pointers in the win.
It didn’t matter if the Spurs contested the shots or not, Utah’s shots were falling in the first quarter. As everything was falling, Gregg Popovich and San Antonio didn’t panic. Pop stuck to his rotations and new that his team would eventually get going.
The Spurs erased a 16-point deficit (47-31) going on a 15-0 run over a 6-minute span. Kawhi Leonard, who finished with 30 points hit a 16-foot jumper pulling San Antonio within 47-46 and LaMarcus Aldridge’s 18-footer tied the game at 48.
Aldridge finished with 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting.
As the Spurs were closing in, and actually taking what would be their last lead of the game at 63-60 with under 6:00 remaining,
During that time, Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons connected on a alley-oop that would electrify the crowd. Spurs seemed to have momentum but Utah quickly wiped it away.
The Jazz would go on a 10-0 run in the third quarter that gave the Jazz a 70-63 lead they would never give up.