The Utah Jazz returned home and picked up a hard-fought 100-89 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night in their first game at Vivint Arena in two weeks.
Turning point: San Antonio closed within a point twice in the fourth quarter, inclduing the last time at 82-81 with 7:20 to play, but Utah responded with a 9-0 spurt, including seven points from Rodney Hood, to make it 91-81.
- Utah had the edge at the free-throw line, hitting 20 of 24 compared to 11 of 16 for the Spurs.
- While the rebounding was close — the Jazz had 41 and San Antonio 38 — Utah had an 8-1 advantage in second-chance points.
- The Spurs stayed in the game by winning points in the paint, 40 to 26.
The hero: Hood scored 29 points — hitting 12 of 24 shots and three 3-pointers — and had three rebounds and a steal to pace the Jazz.
Next up: vs. Oklahoma City (16-15), Saturday, Dec. 23, 6 p.m. MST
On deck: at Denver (16-15), Tuesday, Dec. 26, 7 p.m. MST