|Date of game: 12/9/2014
Recap: Utah vs. San Antonio
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - The Utah Jazz were on the verge of their longest losing streak in 32 years, but took out the defending champs to get back in the win column.
Derrick Favors had 21 points and eight rebounds, Enes Kanter added 12 points and 15 boards and the Jazz snapped their nine-game losing streak with a 100-96 triumph over the San Antonio Spurs.
Gordon Hayward posted 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Jazz, who hadn't dropped 10 in a row since an 18-game slide from Feb. 24-March 29, 1982.
"We have been due for some guys to hit some shots. As long as we share the ball that's the most important thing, live with the result to be honest with you," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.
Tim Duncan tallied 23 points and 14 boards, while Kawhi Leonard supplied 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals for San Antonio, which has lost two of its last four on the heels of an eight-game winning streak.
"They played better than we did in almost every facet of the game. They looked really good and they deserved to win for sure," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Tony Parker missed his second consecutive contest with a mild hamstring strain.
Duncan's running hook shot capped an 8-3 Spurs spurt to start the fourth and claw them within 81-80 with 9:13 left, but the Jazz responded with a 12-2 surge to put the game away.
Hayward's steal and dunk, followed by a jumper preceded Favors' reverse layup, which finished off the burst and extended Utah's cushion to 93-82 with 3:34 to go.
San Antonio never made it a one-possession game the rest of the way.
Earlier, the Spurs held a 22-21 edge following a quarter of play, but Utah outscored them 23-21 in the second and took a 44-43 edge into the locker room.
Utah created some distance with a 10-4 swing during the later stages of the third and Favors' three-point play concluded the flurry and staked it to a 67-59 advantage.
The Jazz were up 78-72 going into the fourth.Game Notes
Six of Utah's losses during the losing skid came at home and the Jazz hadn't
dropped seven in a row in Salt Lake City since Feb. 2-March 3, 2011 ... San
Antonio's Manu Ginobili, who had 10 points and eight assists, was 0-of-8 from
the field in the first half and finished 3-of-17 overall ... The Spurs held a
62-50 points in the paint advantage.