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Spurs win 10th straight, beat Jazz

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The San Antonio Spurs shot really well, finishing 49-78 (62.8%) from the field, including 10-16 (62.5%) from beyond the arc, to defeat the Utah Jazz, 122-104. San Antonio (50-16) has now won 10 straight contests, dating back to a 120-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons on February 26th.

Manu Ginobili came off the bench and put up 21 points on 8-11 shooting, including 2-5 on 3-point attempts, in a good performance. Other top contributors for San Antonio included Tony Parker with 18 points and 7 assists, Tim Duncan with 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Tiago Splitter with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Favors had a strong game for Utah in the loss, putting up 28 points on 12-19 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. He also tallied 10 rebounds. Gordon Hayward contributed 17 points and 6 rebounds.

The high-octane offense of San Antonio (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) got the better of the elite defense of Utah (ranked second in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.28 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 69.2%, the Spurs connected at a rate of 62.5% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 23-2 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Jazz are 1-12 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Utah (22-45) has now dropped their last four consecutive games.

Coming up, the Spurs square off with the Los Angeles Lakers, who are 22-44 on the season. The Jazz match up with the Houston Rockets, currently sitting at 44-22 this year. The Spurs came away with a win in two straight games against Los Angeles. The Jazz are 1-1 versus Houston this season.

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