Favors scores 21, Jazz top Spurs, end skid at 9
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Derrick Favors scored 21 points, Gordon Hayward added 20 and the Utah Jazz snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 100-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
Enes Kanter added 12 points and 15 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season, while Alec Burks chipped in 14 points for Utah, which lost all four games against the Spurs last season.
Tim Duncan had 23 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and Danny Green chipped in 13 for the Spurs, who played without starting point guard Tony Parker and lost coach Gregg Popovich to a third-quarter ejection.
Utah outrebounded San Antonio 43-37, although the Spurs had a 62-50 advantage in points in the paint.
The Jazz scored on five straight possessions down the stretch, culminating in Hayward's jumper, to stake out a 97-87 lead with 1:50 remaining.
Second-quarter struggles have been an ongoing issue for Utah this season, but the Jazz put together a complete first half for one of the few times this season. Utah edged in front 44-43 when Hayward drove for a layup with 34 seconds remaining in the half, claiming a rare halftime lead.
The Jazz stayed in front through much of the third quarter and led 67-59 when Favors completed a three-point play. San Antonio rallied to tie it at 69 on Green's layup.
Momentum shifted back in Utah's favor when Popovich was tossed after getting two quick technical fouls with 10.4 seconds left in the quarter. Hayward and Rodney Hood each made a pair of free throws and the Jazz took a 78-72 lead into the fourth.
San Antonio closed to within a point early in the fourth quarter when Duncan's hook shot cut Utah's lead to 81-80. Kanter and Trey Burke scored back-to-back baskets to keep Utah in front.
Jazz: Kanter was fined $25,000 by the NBA after throwing his mouth guard into the stands during Utah's loss to Sacramento on Monday. Kanter publicly apologized on his Twitter account over the incident. . Utah shot at least 50 percent from the field for just the fourth time this season, going 40 of 80 from the floor. The Jazz improved to 3-1 in those contests.
Spurs: Parker has a strained left hamstring. He appeared in all four games last season, averaging 20.0 points and 7.3 assists. . Duncan posted a double-double or triple-double for the fourth straight game. He has 11 double-doubles this season.
Spurs: Host New York on Wednesday.
Jazz: Host Miami on Friday.