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San Antonio vs. Utah, Final Score: Spurs destroy Jazz, 118-81

The Spurs dominated this one all the way through, and sail past the Jazz to improve to 21-5.

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Well, this one was a massacre throughout most of it. The defense once again prevailed early, and the Jazz only had two points in the first four minutes to the Spurs' nine. After going up 13-4, Utah wanted to talk this over and called a time-out. At this point, every starter not named Kawhi Leonard was on the scoreboard.

The Spurs outscored, out-shot, out-rebounded, out-assisted, just out-everything'd the Jazz in the first quarter. Manu Ginobili and Jonathon Simmons were great once again off the bench, and the Spurs led 29-15 after one. LaMarcus Aldridge, who's been absolutely fantastic in the past five games, had 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, and pulled down four boards in the quarter.

The Spurs opened up the quarter with a couple of turnovers, but a Patty Mills three put SA back up 12. As Sean Elliot put it, the Spurs needed to "let the Jazz know they aren't getting back in this game", and that's what they did. After Kawhi went scoreless until halfway through the second, he scored eight straight and the Spurs extended the lead to 25.

The Jazz made a small run to reduce the deficit, but the Spurs still had a pretty commanding 59-36 lead at the half. Aldridge led all scorers with 16.

Tony Parker was slicing and dicing through the lane for whatever he wanted and the Spurs quickly went up 31 in the third. Then, he and Kawhi blew the game wide open and all of the sudden it was an 86-45 lead. Everything was clicking for San Antonio, and thanks to the Spurs' defense, nothing was clicking for the Jazz. The lack of interior defense from the absence of Rudy Gobert for the Jazz was a big part of the Spurs getting easy looks on nearly every possession, and Utah never really stood a chance. SA went into the fourth up 40 thanks to a Simmons buzzer beating jumper.

To add insult to injury, Matt Bonner hit two threes to begin the fourth to extend the lead to 46. The third unit guys maintained a 35+ advantage throughout the final quarter, and there isn't much more to say about this one. The Spurs win, 118-81, and improve to 21-5 on the season.

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