George Hill scores 22 as Jazz hand Spurs first loss of season (w/ fan slideshow)
Spurs fall to Jazz 106-91
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs were looking for a franchise first Tuesday night, starting the regular season 5-0.
They will have to wait to set that mark next season as the Utah Jazz handed the Spurs their first loss of the season, 106-91.
The Jazz were laying down some hefty tunes in the form of three pointers early and often.
Utah started off hitting 7 of 8 and then 9 of 11 three's for 81 percent in the first half.
They outscored the Spurs 38-28 in the first quarter. They got the lead to 16 early in the second quarter.
The lack of perimeter defense was from a lack of aggression from the Spurs.
"We started out pretty unaggressively for whatever reason. I think that they shot several uncontested shots, we followed them around so to speak, we just reacted to their offense," said Gregg Popovich, Spurs head coach.
"We definitely allowed them to play to comfortable and get into a rhythm early on," said Pau Gasol.
The Spurs finally got a little aggressive in the second quarter.
San Antonio went on a 17-1 run to tie it at 48 with 3:19 left in the half. Kawhi Leonard went on his own 10-0 run during that stretch that included a couple of three's.
Leonard finished the night with 30 points. The Jazz answered with a couple of buckets to lead 54-50 at the half.
The Spurs came out of the locker room and didn't waste much time getting the lead. They were able to pull in front a couple of times but just couldn't hold on.
"Played them tough also in the third but maybe in the fourth late we ran out of gas trying to battle into the game," Gasol said. Gasol finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Tony Parker showed off one of his vintage dribble, spin to the hole layup moves.
There was even a spark from a Manu Ginobili steal to Patty Mills who tossed the alley-oop to Jonathan Simmons who got the start instead of Kyle Anderson for the injured Danny Green.
It was the fist start for Simmons this year and only the third in his career.
The Spurs just couldn't overcome the barrage of three's put up by the Jazz. They finished the game hitting 15 out of 31.
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They also couldn't stop former Spurs George Hill down the stretch. Whenever the Spurs seemed to get close in the 4th quarter, Hill would hit a clutch shot. He finished with 10 in the quarter and 22 for the game.
"He just almost took over, made some big shots, good plays off the pick and roll. He's a good player, we know he can do it," said Manu Ginobili.
The Spurs will get a chance to get that loss back. They travel to Utah to take on the Jazz again Friday night.
"Our group is competitive and you know I think we will turn it around on Friday," said Kawhi Leonard.
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