Free Play | Jazz @ Spurs
By Don Phillips
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs
In their last meeting on December 14th, Utah fell at San Antonio, 118-81. The Jazz had three double-digit scorers in Derrick Favors (16 points), Raul Neto (12) and Trey Burke (10). Trevor Booker had a team-high seven rebounds off the bench. Joe Ingles led the Jazz in assists with four.
San Antonio was led by Kawhi Leonard (22 points, seven rebounds), LaMarcus Aldridge (18 points, eight rebounds) and Tony Parker (18 points, five assists). The game was the second night of Utah’s fifth back-to-back of the season.
Jeff Withey’s production over the last four games has increased exponentially. The Jazz have gotten major spikes from Withey in points per game (+8.3), rebounds per game (+5.3), blocks per game (+2.1), and minutes per game (+18.4). Withey has also posted the first two double-doubles of his career in the last four games.
Gordon Hayward has scored 20+ points in 46.9 percent of the Jazz’s games this season (15 of 32). He is currently on pace to score 20+ points in 38 games this season, which would be the most he has had in a season. The Jazz are 8-7 in games where he hits the 20 point mark.
The Jazz have continued their defensive prowess into the 2015-16 season, ranking fifth or higher in several opponent categories. Utah is fifth in opponent points per game (96.9) and those points have not come as easy as the team has held opponents to a league-low 18.8 assists per game.
Opponents aren’t getting many looks either as the squad ranks second in opponent field goals attempted (78.2) and second in opponent field goals made (35.0).
The Jazz are also cleaning up on the defensive glass, holding opponents to 9.3 offensive rebounds (fourth) while only allowing 40.2 rebounds total (T-second).
The Spurs have opened a perfect 20-0 at the AT&T Center and have also won a franchise-best 29 straight regular season games at home dating back to last season. Their current 20-0 record is San Antonio’s best start to a season at home in franchise history and it also ranks them tied for second among Western Conference teams with the longest home winning streaks to begin a season in NBA history.
The 1985-86 Houston Rockets also opened with 20 straight wins at home, while the 1977-78 Portland Trail Blazers won their first 26 at home. A win over Washington on December 16th, improved San Antonio to 14-0 at the AT&T Center and passed the 2007-08 Spurs squad which previously owned the best home start in franchise history.
Through the Spurs’ opening 35 games, 11 of their victories have been by 20+ points. San Antonio has gone 9-1 in their last 10 games with three of those nine wins being by 20 or more points.
The last team to post its 11th 20+ point win in its 35th game or earlier of a season was the 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers who did so in their 30th game.
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