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Game Recap – Jazz Drop Summer League Game to Spurs 86-77

by Bill Lea

By Matt Sanchez – UtahJazz.com

After a first round bye, the Jazz were back on the court facing the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the Samsung NBA Summer League tournament.

The game was back and forth all the way with the Jazz leading after each of the first three quarters, but in the end they came up short losing 86-77. 

"We played hard, (made) a few mistakes, it was a close game between two good summer league teams," said Head Coach Quin Snyder.

Rodney Hood played very well for the Jazz, finishing with 19 points on 7/11 from the field.  He did a good job driving to the basket and put pressure on the defense. Hood also pulled down five rebounds and was the most poised player on the team making big shots throughout.

"The first couple games I shot jump shots but today I saw a matchup I could exploit so I put the ball on the floor," said Hood.

The Jazz started the game strong scoring, as Rudy Gobert scored eight of the team’s first 12 points.  He took an inadvertant fist to the eye from Vander Blue after blocking Blue’s shot and wasn’t the same after.  Gobert want on to score 12 points and pulled in six rebounds. 

Trey Burke pushed the ball and made plays for his team and had the Jazz leading 36-35 after the second quarter.  Burke finished with 12 points and three assists, scoring 5/18 from the field.

Burke has said time and time again that this summer league is a chance for him to show leadership and help the young guys develop.  It may not show in his statline but Burke is certainly showing that he's the leader of this team.

"That's my job, to lead them on the court and get them in their spots," Burke said. "Leanring this new offense I think I can do a better job at setting my teammates up but I think we're on the right path."

The start of the second half was not pretty. The Jazz were sloppy turning the ball over on three straight possessions, and San Antonio took advantage scoring the first nine points in the quarter. 

The Jazz settled down and played good basketball to end the third.  Brock Motum has played well and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.  Motum finished the game with 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench. 

It wasn’t a game to write home about for Dante Exum as he didn’t play well, looking tired and wasn't his explosive self.  Exum made his first field goal with 3:40 remaining to play in the third quarter.  He finished the game with five points and two assists, shooting 1-8 from the field. 

Despite their poor shooting, the Jazz were in the game as it was tied 69-69 with 4:31 left to play in the game.

 The Jazz gave themselves a chance to win but the shots weren’t falling.  San Antonio on the other hand made the most of their opportunities and pulled away late led by Austin Daye and his 20 points and four rebounds.

"During these two to three weeks we've wanted to see (growth)," Snyder said. "Our staff has done a good job pulling that out of them and I've felt like we've got a lot done."

The Jazz will play their final summer league game tomorrow evening as they face the Trailblazers.