Spurs ran past Jazz for 11th straight win; Clinched playoff berth
The San Antonio Spurs are rolling at the right time, after blowing out the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, the Spurs defeated the Utah Jazz in a relatively easy fashion 114-104, Sunday night at the AT&T Center.
San Antonio (40-14) opened the game strong, and finished the first quarter ahead 31-19. The Spurs never trailed the Jazz and led by as much as 19 points in the game.
Tony Parker finished with a game-high 28 points, and Manu Ginobili added 23 points and five rebounds off the bench and the Spurs won their second, 11th straight game of the season.
Danny Green scored 14 points, Tim Duncan had 13 points, 16 boards, three assists and three blocks, Tiago Splitter added nine points and seven rebounds, and Boris Diaw chipped in nine points and two assist in his first start with San Antonio.
Win the win, the Spurs clinched their 15th consecutive playoff berth and are now fighting off the Oklahoma City Thunder for first place in the Western Conference.
Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Utah (29-28) dropped 1 1/2 games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot with nine games to go.
With two sets of back-to-back nights looming, coach Gregg Popovich opted to rest Stephen Jackson, James Anderson and DeJuan Blair who is the only Spur to start all 53 games prior to this game.
The Spurs will again face the Jazz, this time at Salt Lake City on Monday night.