Jazz take out Spurs' 11-game winning streak

Apr 10 2012 - 10:15am

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Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter defends during their game on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won the game 91-84 over the Spurs.
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward is fouled by San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair during their game Monday, April 9, 2012 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
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Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward shoots the ball as San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter defends during their game on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won the game 91-84 over the Spurs.
Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward is fouled by San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair during their game Monday, April 9, 2012 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)

SALT LAKE CITY -- The No. 1 statistic from Monday night's Utah Jazz victory over the San Antonio Spurs: Zero.

That's how many minutes were played by San Antonio's Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, none of whom made the trip to Utah.

The No. 2 stat of the night: Zero ... zip ... nada ... zilch.

That's how much the Jazz care that the Spurs' "Big 3" didn't make the trip.

Undermanned themselves, the Jazz earned a hard-fought 91-84 win at EnergySolutions Arena, one night after losing to the Spurs in San Antonio.

Utah (30-28) remains in the chase for a spot in the Western Conference finals thanks to Monday's fourth-quarter effort. Point guard Devin Harris provided the biggest spark, scoring 12 of the Jazz's 27 fourth-quarter points.

He finished with 25 points, six assists and a season-high six rebounds to lead the Jazz, who learned earlier in the day they're likely to be without the services of Earl Watson (right knee) for the remainder of the season.

In addition, C.J. Miles (left calf) will miss at least the next week.

"It was a grind out game, but you've got to think even without (Duncan, Parker and Ginobili) they're still a solid team," Harris said. "They've got guys who can space the floor, who can shoot the basketball and defensively, they're still one of the best teams at what they do. I'm not concerned with the effort."

The Jazz pulled away with a 27-16 run in the fourth quarter. Harris led the charge, at one point scoring 11 straight points.

Paul Millsap put an exclamation point on the evening in the final minute when, after an Al Jefferson miss, he swooped in and threw down a thunderous put-back dunk over San Antonio's Danny Green.

The Spurs (40-15) saw an 11-game winning streak come to an end. They had previously beating the Jazz in six consecutive meetings, but with a playoff spot secure coach Gregg Popovich said resting his star players was a "no brainer."

Popovich wasn't surprised to see the Jazz play hard, regardless of which Spurs were on the floor.

"They always play like that," he said. "You think they played harder tonight because of the (playoff race)? This is Utah, the Jazz play hard every night. There has never been a night they don't play hard."

In addition to Harris' stats, the Jazz got 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots from Jefferson. Millsap added 18 points and 10 boards and Gordon Hayward finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Jazz outrebounded the Spurs 50-38 while holding them to just 40 percent shooting.

San Antonio was led by Matt Bonner and Tiago Splitter, who came off the bench for 14 apiece.

DeJuan Blair led their starters with 13 points and eight rebounds.

Even without their stars, the Spurs gave the Jazz a good fight. They led 75-68 with 8:49 remaining, but Harris managed to tie the game at 75-all with a nasty spin move and a drive to the basket at the 4:52 mark.

Harris then scored the next nine points for the Jazz.

Afterward, Hayward said "a win's a win," and he was in no mood to apologize for beating the starless Spurs.

"They're a good team without them, they're a deep team," he said. "We didn't have (all) our players either. I think both teams were banged up, both teams were battling out there for a win. We came out on top."

The Jazz and Spurs met Sunday night in San Antonio with the Jazz losing 114-104. Duncan, Parker and Ginobili combined for 64 points and 24 rebounds in that game.

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