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Game Recap—Jazz 72, Spurs 70

by Matt Sanchez

By Matt Payne,

It wasn’t as smooth as Monday’s win over the Boston Celtics, but the Utah Jazz fought back from an early deficit to pull out a 72-70 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

Both teams shot well below 40 percent from the field (Utah at 36.6 percent, San Antonio at 34.8 percent) while fighting the fatigue playing two games in as many days.

Rodney Hood scored a team-high 18 points for the Jazz, while Brock Motum and Chris Johnson also hit double digits with 10 points each.

San Antonio’s Kyle Anderson hit his first five shots and eventually led all scorers with 25 points (on 8-for-14 from the field and 8-for-9 from the line), but he went only 1-for-4 in the fourth quarter and missed a layup attempt that would have tied the game with the clock winding down.

Rookie Treveon Graham scored 17 points and was the only other Spurs player to reach double figures. 

Key Stretch

With the Jazz trailing 65-64 midway through the fourth quarter, J.J. O’Brien took the inbounds pass and dribbled out past the 3-point line, not realizing that the shot clock was running down. With the entire bench yelling “shoot it,” O’Brien turned and launched a three that just beat the buzzer and hit nothing but net, giving the Jazz a two-point lead with just over four minutes left in the game.

After a bucket by Graham tied the game, Hood converted a three-point play with 3:09 left and then hit a floater in the lane at the 2:34 mark to make the score 72-68.

Tuesday’s Best

Hood had a strong second half for the second straight night, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the final 20 minutes. He took it upon himself to be the team’s leader, and when they needed a bucket, he came through with the team’s final five points down the stretch in a tight game.

Significant Stat

Eight—that’s how many points the Spurs scored in the fourth quarter. After leading throughout the game, San Antonio went cold, going 3-for-15 from the field in the final 10 minutes.

Quote of the Night

“Rodney had a rough first half. Kyle Anderson was hot. He hit some tough shots. But Rodney kept driving and pushing, and he carried us in the end.”

—Utah summer league head coach Alex Jensen


Danté Exum (ankle) did not play. … The Jazz signed No. 12 overall pick Trey Lyles earlier in the day, but the rookie did not take the floor. The team has not announced whether he’ll play Thursday or not.

Up Next

After a day off, both teams will play again on Thursday night. The Spurs will face the Boston Celtics at 5 p.m. MT, while the Jazz will take on the Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m.

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