Saturday, February 22, 2020
The San Antonio Spurs are coming out of the All-Star break, looking to grab a second straight victory tonight against the Utah Jazz. This will also mark the sixth game of an eight-game road trip for them. As for the Jazz, they will look to capture a fifth straight win tonight.
Tonight’s game will mark the second of four times that these two teams will match up with each other this season. The last time they met up was on January 29 when the Spurs handed the Jazz a 127-120 loss. During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished off 5 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 31 points, one rebound, 4 assists, and one steal.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz have met up a grand total of 213 times as the Spurs won 118 games while the Jazz were limited to just 95 victories.
San Antonio Spurs:
-Marco Belinelli (coach’s decision; 5.4 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.1 FG%, 34.6 3P%)
-Keldon Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-Chimezie Metu (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 55.2 FG%)
-Drew Eubanks (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.3 APG, 66.7 FG%)
-Quinndary Weatherspoon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-Luka Samanic (G-League)
-Mike Conley (knee; 13.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, 39.2 FG%, 36.1 3P%)
-Ed Davis (back; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Nigel Williams-Goss (quad; 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jarrell Brantley (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.3 APG)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG)
The Spurs would have control of things in the first half as they shot forty-nine percent from the field, keeping the Jazz at thirty-nine percent shooting. Dejounte Murray scored 15 points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process. He also had three rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Bryn Forbes had 13 points. He collected 12 of those points from beyond the arc and the other point from the charity stripe.
Former Trail Blazers’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge helped out with 12 points which included a three-pointer. He also had five rebounds and two assists while DeMar DeRozan and Trey Lyles combined for 11 points. Patty Mills played the most minutes off the bench as he had seven points.
On the other end of the floor, Rudy Gobert dropped 10 points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He was also able to collect nine rebounds while both Royce O’Neale and Joe Ingles had seven points each. They were able to knock down one three-pointer each while Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic chalked up six points each. Jordan Clarkson played 17 minutes off the bench as he had seven points but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 65-46 lead.
The Jazz attempted to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 60-48 run, shooting forty-eight percent. During that run, Emmanuel Mudiay got hot for 18 points while Bogdanovic and Gobert combined for 17 points. Clarkson played the most minutes off the bench but only had eight points.
As for the Spurs, DeRozan added 12 more points to his scoring total while Murray had eight points. Derrick White, who played 12 minutes off the bench, scored 11 points as the San Antonio Spurs were able to come out with a 113-104 win. Dejounte Murray finished the game with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a season-high-tying 4 steals while Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.
The San Antonio Spurs will go back to Oklahoma to battle Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 46.6 FG%, 35.0 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-22) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will see each other this season. February 11 was the last time they played each other as the Thunder fell to the Spurs, 114-106. LaMarcus Aldridge finished the game with 25 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Chris Paul had 31 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, one steal, and one block.
The Utah Jazz will host James Harden (35.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 7.3 APG, 43.7 FG%, 35.8 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (34-20) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. This will mark the third and final time that these ball clubs will fight each other this season. The last time that they met up was on February 9 when the Jazz crept away with a 114-113 win. During that contest, Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and gave out 2 assists while Russell Westbrook had 39 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.