The Spurs have won 15 consecutive games against the Jazz, including six straight at Utah. Despite its recent success, San Antonio is still only 20-44 all-time at the Delta Center.
The Jazz must find a way to slow down reigning two-time MVP Tim Duncan, who had 33 points and 14 rebounds in San Antonio’s 85-81 win at the SBC Center on Saturday.
It was the 12th time this season Duncan has scored 30 points, and he ranks second in the NBA with 38 double-doubles.
“It was a big win for us against a very tough and physical team,” said Duncan, who was 11-of-18 from the field. “My shots are falling and they are feeling really good. I’m just taking them when they are there.”
Most of Duncan’s shots have been falling of late. The 7-foot All-Star is averaging 32.7 points and 17 rebounds in his last three games. Duncan is shooting 58 percent (40-for-69) from the floor during that stretch.
Utah lost on Saturday despite a furious fourth quarter rally.
“We got down by 10 and our heads fell during that stretch, and you could tell we thought we couldn’t win,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. “There is always a chance if you execute.”
The Jazz scored 32 points in the fourth quarter after managing just 11 in the third. They hit 50 percent from the field and went 11-of-11 from the foul line in the fourth, but couldn’t get enough defensive stops to win.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Jazz, who dropped to 3-6 in their last nine games.