San Antonio, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Tony Parker scored 24 and Danny Green added 21 as the San Antonio Spurs weathered Utah’s third-quarter assault to beat the Jazz, 110-100, for their third straight win Saturday at AT&T Center.
Green and Parker combined for 18 points in the first quarter to give the Spurs an early lead and scored key baskets in the final canto to keep the Jazz at bay for their second home win in as many games.
Parker also effectively led the Spurs’ offense with 10 assists and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.
Kawhi Leonard added 13 points while Gary Neal contributed 11 off the bench as the Spurs reserves outscored their Utah counterparts, 31-15. San Antonio also out-assisted the Jazz, 29-17.
Mo Williams scored 29 points on 9-for-13 shooting and issued nine assists while Paul Millsap added 17 points and 10 caroms for the Jazz, who dropped to second straight loss after opening their season with an impressive 113-94 victory over Dallas.
Center Al Jefferson chipped in 16 points and nine caroms and shooting guard Gordon Hayward scored 15 for Utah.
With Parker and Green on fire, the Spurs took a 28-17 lead which they extended to 47-28 in the second period behind a basket by Duncan.
Williams waxed hot in the third period with 13 markers, including nine straight points in the last two minutes, while Millsap added 11 as the Jazz erased the Spurs’ 62-44 halftime lead. Utah tied the game at 79 before the start of final period.
The two teams exchanged baskets in the early part of the final period before the Spurs finally took control, 103-94, behind a 6-0 spurt capped by Green’s layup with less than three minutes left in the game.
Jefferson buried a jumper to make it 105-98 but Leonard sank a three-pointer to put the game away.