Utah Jazz: Moral victory? Furious rally falls short for Jazz in San Antonio
The Jazz also enjoyed one of the best nights yet for the frontcourt combination of Kanter and Derrick Favors, which got scrapped for a while this season because of their early struggles together.
Kanter put together his sixth consecutive double-figure-scoring game with a team-high 25 points and 11 rebounds. Favors offered up a strong 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Utah’s B-and-B duo — Burke and Burks — also had big nights, especially late. Burke joined the double-double fun with 17 points and 11 assists, while Burks had 20 points and six assists in his third straight start at shooting guard for the injured Hayward.
“There are no moral victories in this league,” Corbin said, “but if we get this kind of effort on a nightly basis, we will have a chance to win our fair share of games.”
Parker scored 25 points with nine assists for the Spurs, who thought this game was a bit too reminiscent of a tight win over Memphis earlier in their six-game winning streak. Last Tuesday, the Grizzlies overcame a late 16-point deficit to force overtime before succumbing to the Spurs, 110-108.
“It happens. It’s an 82-game season and that’s why you play the games. You never know what’s going to happen,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “It’s played by human beings. It’s not a computer where you dial it in and that sort of thing. Anything can happen.”
The Jazz should keep that in mind the next time they stop by to visit the Alamo, Pee-wee Herman’s old stomping grounds and Eva Longoria’s hometown.
NOTES: Jazz legend Frank Layden, who celebrated his 82nd birthday on Jan. 5, attended the game with his wife, Barbara. The couple lives in San Antonio for a couple of months in the winter to spend time with their son, Scott Layden, who left his assistant coaching gig in Utah to become the Spurs’ assistant general manager in 2012. Utah outscored San Antonio in the paint 70-52. That was a season-high for a Spurs opponent. Hayward tried to test his injured left hip at Wednesday’s shootaround but was unable to play. His status for Friday at Detroit is uncertain. “You want to make sure that he’s more healed,” Corbin said, “and not taking a chance of coming out and getting hurt and being out for an extended amount of time.”
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