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Hood’s hot shooting and other stalwarts carry Jazz to impressive win over the Spurs

David Locke

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NOTE  — This is an unedited story.  Due to the late hour I decided to post it so it could be read by those night owls.  Edited version will be up in the morning

SUMMMARY:  The Utah Jazz bounce back from a dreadful performance in OKC to upend the San Antonio Spurs 100-89

  • A very solid performance by the Utah Jazz.  They jumped to a 7 point lead after 1, lead by 12 at the half.  The Spurs rallied twice in the third and the game was down to 2 entering the 4th quarter, but the Jazz would pull away for the win.  The Spurs never lead after the 5:50 mark of the 1st

 

  • The two third-quarter rallies were to be expected. The Spurs opened the 3rd quarter scoring on 6 of their first 7 trips, then the Jazz answered on their own 8-0 run.   The next rally were three straight threes from Patty Mills one of which banked in and the Jazz absorbed that and took control of the game again.

 

  • The game was slow paced as anticipated and a match up of system teams and the Jazz played their system better throughout the night.

 

  • The game was lacking lots of big names. The Jazz were without Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell plus Raul Neto and Dante Exum. The Spurs were without Pau Gasol, Danny Green and Manu Ginobili as well as Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker on a minute restriction.

 

  • Derrick Favors opened the night with a bounce we had not seen in a while. The return of Gobert and then stitches had derailed the Favors we saw during the 11 games stretch without Rudy. But early tonight he was a completely different player.  He followed two misses with dunks  He powered through the defense.  He was bigger and stronger than the opponent on numerous plays.  Most importantly, he did a great job defending on LaMarcus Aldridge.  Aldridge was 1 of 6 in the first half and the Spurs went out of their way to get him engaged in the third quarter and he still ended the night just 4 of 11 and fouled out.

 

  • Favors and Joe Ingles combined on the pick and roll on some of the most important plays of the night. Out of timeouts Quin went to that combination and they did a marvelous job.

 

  • Rodney Hood was the star of the night. 29 points and he took the game over.  He was the unstoppable force for either team. The Spurs trapped him.  They showed and tried to alter his route.  He kept fighting and got himself looks and opportunities and had a mammoth night.  He was 3 of 10 from three which is fine, he had been rolling at over 50% over the last 5 games.  To have this night without the three is a great step.

 

  • Joe Johnson hit 2 threes tonight after missing 17 straight.

 

  • Ricky Rubio played with a terrific passion tonight. He had a double double with rebounds and points.  He finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

 

  • Jonas Jerebko plays really hard every night

 

  • One of the biggest plays of the night was Tony Parker had got it cooking a little and he drove to the basket and Ekpe Udoh blocked the shot. Parker didn’t drive again.

 

  • Alec Burks, Joe Ingles combined to play the back up point guard mintues when Rubio was on the bench and the Jazz were +5 in those minutes

 

  • If when the Jazz started the stretch of Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Oklahoma City and San Antonio and you were told you can have 2-4. Chances are you take it and walk out rather than trying to get to 3-3 at the risk of 1-5.   This was an important win.

 

 

David Locke enters his ninth year as the radio play-by-play voice of the Utah Jazz, having spent the majority of his career in radio in Salt Lake City and Seattle. In the summer of 2016, Locke created the Locked on Podcast Network which has podcast daily bite sized podcasts for every NBA and NFL team. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Locke graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. Locke and his wife have a son and a daughter.

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