SAN ANTONIO (ABC4 Sports) – After blowing out the Spurs by 34 points on Tuesday night, the Utah Jazz news San Antonio was going to come out with a little more fire Sunday night.
Turns out, they were right.
DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and eight assists and Rudy Gay added 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 110-97 victory over the Jazz.
Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points for Utah, all in the second half, to end a two-game winning streak snapped.
“They hit shots, we didn’t execute very well on offense,” said Mitchell. “They came out aggressive, that’s to be expected at home, when they have the home crowd behind them. They feed off the energy and we didn’t match it and I think our offense kind of hurt our defense a little bit.”
LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points for San Antonio, which won its second straight after dropping four of five.
”I think it’s just the beginning of what we can be,” said Gay, who tied his career high in rebounds. ”People forget we’re still learning. We’re trusting each other and we’re continuing to be a pretty good defensive team.”
Mitchell was held scoreless in the first half as San Antonio raced to a 54-36 lead while holding Utah to 36 percent shooting.
”Sometimes when your offense, you’re not executing, it just hurts your defense,” Mitchell said. ”That’s what we put our staple on, defensively, and being able to execute out of our defense.”
The Spurs held the Jazz to 18 points in the first and second quarter and set a season low for points allowed by an opponent in the first half.
Ricky Rubio added 26 for the Jazz and Rudy Gobert was the only other player in double figures, with 12 points. This was Gobert’s first game since getting ejected three minutes into Thursday night’s win over Houston after slapping a cup off the scorer’s table.
“We couldn’t score and I feel like it hurt our defense too,” Gobert said. “We came back in the second half a little more, we got stops and played well but we couldn’t catch them.”
“When you can’t get a bucket its hard to get stops,” Rubio said. “it was a tough stretch, I don’t know what the run was, like 15, 18 points and we can’t play that way.”
The Jazz (13-14) next play at Oklahoma City Monday night.