Just one week ago, the San Antonio Spurs were humbled with an 11-point home loss to the Indiana Pacers, but since then, they have been “back to business” with three straight wins. Unfortunately for the Utah Jazz, the Spurs kept the ball rolling on Saturday night, as they blitzed Utah (on the road, no less) by a final score of 100-84.
Future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan led the way for San Antonio, scoring a team-high 22 points (on 9 of 17 shooting) and grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds. It wasn’t just the Tim Duncan Show, however, as four additional members of the Spurs roster reached double-digits in scoring.
The single biggest difference in this particular game was on the glass, as San Antonio created several additional shot attempts as a result of a 55-42 edge on the glass. That margin also contributed to a shocking 50 points in the paint for the Spurs, and Utah was simply no match for San Antonio’s overly balanced attack.
On the Utah side, there were a couple of bright spots. Rookie point guard Trey Burke was fantastic, out-dueling Tony Parker at times in route to a 20-point, 5-assist evening, and go-to swingman Gordon Hayward added an 18/5/5 line for good measure. Unfortunately, the smaller lineups utilized by Ty Corbin likely cost them in the end (especially on the glass), and their lack of experienced size was a significant issue.
Seeing San Antonio beat Utah by 16 points isn’t a big surprise (given the two teams and their records), but this was another simple reminder of just how good the Spurs can be with a perfect end to a dominant, 4-0 week.