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San Antonio, Texas – The San Antonio Spurs is a blue collar team. They do not look for the flashy headlines, each member of the team share the spotlight equally. The Spurs took that blue collar attitude into game two against the Utah Jazz. The Spurs won the game 114-83 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Spurs defense allowed the Jazz to score 10 total points in the first 7 minutes and last 7 minutes of the first half. The Jazz trailed at halftime 53-28. The Jazz cut the Spurs lead down to 5 points with 7:04 left in the half after a Paul Millsap layup 31-26.

The Jazz had plenty of opportunities to get over the hump, but just like in game one they were not able to get over the hump. The lack of execution in the first half led to a 25 point deficit. The Spurs had a balanced attack no starter played over 17 minutes in the first half. Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard led the way with 13 and 12 points respectfully in the first half.

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No Jazz players were in double digits scoring in the first half. The Jazz shooting percentage in the half was a dismal 23.4 percent only make 11 shots on 47 attempts. The Jazz did not make a three point basket in the first half, missing all five attempts.

The third quarter was a very good one for the Jazz unfortunately the Spurs had a better quarter. The Jazz scored 25 points in the quarter, but allowed the Spurs to score 34 points. The game got out of hand for the Jazz. The Spurs used the third quarter to rest most of the starters.

All of the Spurs starters, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan, Green, Leonard and Tony Parker, scored in double figures. Parker led the way with 18 points and 9 assists. Leonard had 17 points including making 3 of 4 three point shots. Duncan grabbed 13 rebounds in the game.

The Jazz had a horrible day shooting Al Jefferson and Josh Howard combined for 8 for 24 shooting on the night. For the game, the Jazz shot 34.4 percent making 31 shots on 90 attempts. The Spurs shot 57.3 percent making 47 of 82 shots.

 

 

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said, “We could not put the ball in the hole tonight. We were hustling. The effort was there, but we couldn’t get the ball to fall and they would come down and get an easy shot.” When asked do you burn the tape from this game Corbin said, “You have to learn from it. What makes them good and what makes us not so good.”

Before the game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich received the Coach of the Year award from the NBA. Former Spur David Robinson presented the award on behalf of the NBA. On the Coach of the Year award Parker said, “I am very proud of him (Popovich). It was nice to see him win the award.”

Popovich said on the Jazz poor shooting for the game, “We made shots tonight and they didn’t. They could not throw it in the ocean tonight. It happens to all of us tonight it happened to them.” Popovich continued, "We won't take any great satisfaction from this game because we know they had a poor night and this it is not going to happen very often."

Game 3 switches to Utah were the Jazz is a different team at home this year. Game 3 will be played on Saturday May 5 at 9 p.m. CDT in Salt Lake City. The Jazz had one of the best records at home this year at 25-8. The game can be seen on TNT nationally.

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By: Terry Davis
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