Utah Jazz getting drilled at halftime from outside by Spurs, 54-39

Published: Saturday, Dec. 31 2011 7:52 p.m. MST

SAN ANTONIO — New York City drops the famous apple at midnight in Times Square to ring in the new year.

The Alamo City apparently has a different New Year's Eve celebration method. Here at the AT&T Center, the Spurs drop in a flurry of 3-point swishes.

The Spurs were 8-for-10 from the 3-point line in the first half as a team.

San Antonio's barrage of long bombs and a odious offensive performance by the Utah Jazz has the Spurs leading 54-39 at halftime Saturday.

Manu Ginobili has done the most damage, drilling 5 of 6 3-pointers for 19 points. At one point, the versatile sharpshooter scored eight points in a row, giving San Antonio a double-digit lead that it built on in the second quarter.

Meanwhile, the Jazz have struggled mightily on offense.

Reminiscent of their season-opening dud against the Lakers, the Jazz are shooting 35 percent.

Utah has received a solid first-half outing by center Al Jefferson, whose inflamed right ankle improved enough to allow him to play after missing Friday's win.

Big Al has hit 7-of-12 shots for 14 points. The rest of the Jazz: 11-for-39 (28 percent).

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