Salt Lake City, UT, United States (4E Sports) – Mo Williams erased the memory of a bad shooting night, burying a buzzer-beating three-pointer to lift the Utah Jazz to a 99-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday at Energy Solutions Arena.
Williams, who shot just 3-for-9 from the field, missed his first three attempts from beyond the arc, including one before his game-winning shot with nine seconds remaining.
Luckily, Paul Millsap grabbed the offensive board, giving Williams another shot at redeeming himself, which he did, to lift the Jazz to their fourth straight win and a 13-10 record.
Millsap finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, Al Jefferson chipped in 21 points, Gordon Hayward added 19 off the bench and Randy Foye tallied 13 points for the Jazz, who snapped the Spurs’ five-game winning run.
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker scored 22 points apiece for the Spurs, who dropped to 11-5. Duncan also had 21 rebounds and six blocks in 33 minutes while Parker issued seven assists for San Antonio.
The Spurs also got 12 points from Danny Green, 10 from Tiago Splitter, nine from Boris Diaw and eight from top sixth man Manu Ginobili.
The Spurs grabbed a 28-22 lead in the first period before the Jazz waxed hot in the second quarter, scoring 31 points while limiting San Antonio to 15 points for a 53-44 advantage at the break.
San Antonio recovered from a poor second quarter, outscoring Utah, 27-18, in the third period to tie the game at 71.
In the fourth, Diaw buried a three-pointer to give the Spurs an eight point lead, 93-85, with four minutes left in the game.
The Jazz tied the count at 94 behind Jefferson’s basket with 1:47 remaining. Green sank a 19-foot jumper to give the Spurs the lead for the last time before Millsap buried a jumper to tie the game at 96.
The Spurs had a chance to grab the lead but Parker missed a 21-foot jumper, paving the way for Williams’ heroics.