SALT LAKE CITY — Karl Malone and Greg Miller were both in EnergySolutions Arena at the same time Monday.
While that served as intriguing subplot considering their recent war of words, they were not the main event nor the most exciting part of this night.
The San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz put on quite the show of their own — on the court, mind you, not on a talk show or on a blog.
Unfortunately for Jazz fans, the wrong Jefferson made the clutch shot down the stretch.
Utah's defense, concentrating on Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, couldn't rotate quick enough to catch up to a wide-open Richard Jefferson, whose 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds remaining was the biggest shot of 106-102 San Antonio win.
That winning trey came moments after Jazz center Al Jefferson missed a game-tying jumper on the other end.
Three Spurs scored 20 or more points as they won their 11th straight game and the seventh in a row on a nine-game road trip.
Tony Parker led San Antonio (23-9) with 23 points and 11 assists, while Tim Duncan and Matt Bonner each contributed 20 points.
Jefferson topped Utah with 20 points and 11 rebounds, but the Jazz fell to 15-16.
Halftime Quick Take
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz are trailing by three at halftime to the San Antonio Spurs at EnergySolutions Arena.
Al Jefferson scored 12 points and Devin Harris added 10 points, but the Spurs rallied out of an eight-point deficit to take a 56-53 lead into the locker room.
Tony Parker is the latest point guard to dissect the Jazz's defense. A night after Kyle Lowry went off for 32 points in Houston's 101-85 win over Utah, Parker has hit 6 of 10 shots to score 14 points while dishing out six assists.
Matt Bonner has also killed the Jazz from the outside, drilling four 3-pointers en route to scoring 12 points.
DeJuan Blair (11 points) and Tim Duncan (10) have also hit double figures for the Spurs, who have won 10 straight games..
San Antonio is playing without Manu Ginobili, Tiago Splitter and T.J. Ford because of injuries.
The Jazz are also down a man as starting shooting guard Raja Bell was unable to go due to a strained left adductor (groin) incurred in Sunday's loss.
The biggest buzz in the arena has been the attendance of Hall of Famer Karl Malone. He is seated next to the crazy doctor behind the basket.
It's uncertain if Malone and Jazz CEO Greg Miller have made amends since they engaged in a war of words a couple of weeks ago. Miller sat in his usal courtside seat next to the scorer's table, about 40 feet away from The Mailman.
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