The San Antonio Spurs withstood a late rally to beat the Utah Jazz 112-105 for their 10th win in the last 11 games.
The Spurs improved to a franchise-best, 39-7 record after 46 games. The Jazz are known for their comeback victories this season, overcoming deficits of more than 15 points seven times.
However, the Spurs made just enough clutch plays down the stretch to spoil Utah's comeback bid.
What are the numbers that stood out in this Spurs' recent victory? Let's find out!
79.3 - Both teams went to the foul line often, the Spurs shot their free throws a bit better, making 23-29 (79.3%) foul shots, while the Jazz connected on 21-28 (75%) free throws.
54.7 - Utah shot a blistering 41-75 (54.7%) from the floor. The Spurs weren't that bad either, hitting 41-80 (51.3%) of their field goal attempts.
39 - Deron Williams had a game high 39 points with 17 coming in the final quarter. He also had nine assist and four rebounds for the Jazz. The Spurs leads the league win 39 wins after 46 regular season games.
35 - The Spurs shot 7-20 (35.0%) from behind the arc while the Jazz just made 2-12 (16.7%) of their 3-point attempts.
33 - San Antonio had a slight edge on the rebounding department edging the Jazz 33-31 on the boards.
26 - Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 26 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals.
23 - Tony Parker added 23 points, six assists and three rebounds for San Antonio but also committed five turnovers. The Spurs had 23 dimes compared to Utah's 21.
22 - Al Jefferson chipped in 22 points and nine boards for the Jazz.
13 - Tim Duncan had 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block and a steal for the Spurs. Gary Neal scored 13 points off the Spurs' bench while C.J. Miles also scored 13 points from the Jazz bench.
10 - George Hill had 10 points and three rebounds for San Antonio while Andrei Kirilenko had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Jazz in 37 minutes of action.
0 - Richard Jefferson, DeJuan Blair, Hill and Neal did not commit a single turnover for the entire game.
Rookie Watch: Neal scored 13 points and had two assists in 20 minutes of action. Tiago Splitter had one steal in seven minutes. James Anderson was assigned to the Austin Toros and scored 12 points in his debut.
What's Next? The Spurs will host the Houston Rockets at the AT&T Center on Saturday.
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Is this great perimeter D or what? the Spurs held the Jazz to just 2-12 from the 3 point line! The Spurs should keep this up! I don't like that fact that they let the Jazz shoot 54.7% from the field.
I've been following this column for quite a while and I noticed that the Spurs have been better free throw shooting team. I believe that will be key in the long run.
Yeah this is a big win for the Spurs, @LFJeremy I think you meant "if our guards and rookies are not turning the ball over, we're going to continue to win the large majority of our games" and i agree, every possession matters so the Spurs has to take care of the ball more.
D-Will went on tear in the fourth, the Spurs should learn how to protect big leads. This game should not be close as it is. Congrats Mr. Anderson on your strong play with the Toros.
Great stuff Robby, I always I enjoy reading your Stats of the Game articles they are so informative! Deron Williams almost willed Utah to win but the Spurs have enough cushion and held for the win.
Gary Neal played well in the short stretch he played on the court, I'm beginning to think that he is the Spurs X-Factor.
Whew! That was close I thought the Spurs are going on a fourth quarter collapse. I'm happy that they get the win.