Tim Duncan earned his fifth double-double this season, scoring 22 points and registering 12 rebounds, to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Utah Jazz, 100-84. San Antonio (19-4) is now on a four-game winning streak.
Duncan shot 9-17 from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line. Tony Parker contributed 15 points and 7 assists for San Antonio as well. Despite the loss, Trey Burke scored 20 points for Utah on 9-18 shooting, including 1-4 from behind the arc. Gordon Hayward added 18 points and 5 rebounds and Marvin Williams finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
In a battle of strength versus strength, the high-octane offense of San Antonio (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious over the defense of Utah (ranked fifth in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.06 points per possession. The Jazz paired an eFG% of 42.7% alongside a substandard FTA rate of 12.4. They are winless (0-2) when they drop below 45% and 20.0 in those respective offensive factors this season. The Spurs, on the other hand, are undefeated (4-0) when holding their opponents under those marks.
This drops Utah (6-20) to 0-2 versus San Antonio on the season.
Coming up, the Spurs take on the Los Angeles Clippers, who are 16-9 on the season. The Jazz go up against the Miami Heat, currently sitting at 17-6 this year.