SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 30 (Ticker) -- Neither Tim Duncan nor the San Antonio Spurs lit up the scoreboard as they opened their long road swing. However, their swarming defense made up for it.

Duncan collected 19 points and eight rebounds as the Spurs opened their annual "Rodeo Trip" with a 79-70 triumph over the sliding Utah Jazz.

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San Antonio's season-high eight-game road swing coincides with the rodeo occupying the AT&T Center every year. The trip that always begins in late January or early February has not fazed the Spurs, who have posted a 19-4 mark over the previous three seasons.

"It's a great way to start a road trip. This is a big win for us," Duncan said. "This is where we always get a lot of our personality as a team - on the road. It's a great time for us and we always do well with it."

The Spurs shot just 41 percent (28-of-68) from the field against the Jazz, who have lost three straight games and seven of nine. However, they held the hosts to just 32 percent (22-of-68).

While Duncan's foul trouble limited his play at times, the Spurs didn't lose much as the bench made the plays it needed to maintain control. Udrih chipped in 10 points, Nazr Mohammed grabbed nine rebounds and Sean Marks added four points and five boards.

Both Mohammed and Marks also helped San Antonio limit Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur, Utah's top two offensive weapons who combined to make 5-of-23 shots for just 19 points.

"We played pretty good D, we held them to 70 points, so I guess our defense got us through this," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Utah started out well, holding a 22-14 advantage with 1:40 left in the opening session. But Beno Udrih connected on a pair of 3-pointers to shave San Antonio's deficit to two at the end of the session.

The Spurs held the Jazz to just 11 points on 4-of-17 shooting in the second quarter. They took a 39-33 lead into intermission and never trailed thereafter.

"We were getting some wide-open looks, and we just weren't putting them in the basket," Jazz guard Devin Brown said. "Against a team like that, you're not going to get much as far as calls or breaks or loose balls. So any little thing you do, you have to take advantage of it, and we didn't do that."

Duncan scored six points as San Antonio took control with a 12-4 surge that gave the team its biggest lead, 74-62, with 10:55 remaining. The Jazz scored the next five points but got no closer.

"I thought we sustained their runs and did a great job," Duncan said. "Manu (Ginobili) played great, Tony (Parker) did the same and really controlled the game down the stretch. We just kind of sustained it throughout and finished with a win."

Jarron Collins was Utah's only starter to shoot over 50 percent (5-of-8) en route to 15 points. The Jazz also made just 24-of-34 foul shots.

"We didn't make the plays necessary to win the game down the stretch when it mattered most, whether it was missing layups or missing free throws," Collins said. "They hit big shots ... and we just couldn't stop them, couldn't execute defensively."