Tony Parker scores 25, Spurs sneak by Jazz

Tony Parker scored 25 points and notched 9 assists to help the San Antonio Spurs pull out a close one against the Utah Jazz, 109-105. The Spurs put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only 11 possessions while totaling 29 assists. San Antonio (31-8) is now on a six-game winning streak, dating back to a 116-92 win against Los Angeles Clippers on January 4th.

Parker shot 9-16 and converted 7-8 from the free throw line. Other top performers for San Antonio were Marco Belinelli with 15 points and 7 rebounds, Tim Duncan with 15 points and 8 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Enes Kanter had a quality performance off the bench for Utah in the loss, scoring 25 points on 12-15 shooting. He also added 11 rebounds. Derrick Favors chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds and Trey Burke finished with 17 points and 11 assists.

In a battle of strength versus strength, the high-octane offense of San Antonio (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious over the defense of Utah (ranked second in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.13 points per possession. The Spurs combined an eFG% of 58.1% with 43.8% 3-point shooting. They are 13-1 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Jazz, on the other hand, are 1-7 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

Utah (13-27) has now dropped three straight contests versus San Antonio.

Coming up, the Spurs square off with the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 28-9 on the season. The Jazz meet the Detroit Pistons, currently sitting at 16-22 this year. The Spurs have a 0-1 record against Portland this season.