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Jazz put up a fight but fall to Spurs
Utah Jazz' Gordon Hayward is defended by San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, and Danny Green, center, as he drives to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 86-84. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Utah Jazz' Derrick Favors, left, shoots over San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 86-84. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, left, of France, moves the ball past Utah Jazz' Mo Williams, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 86-84. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, right, argues a call during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 86-84. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner (15) and Utah Jazz' Derrick Favors, left, and Paul Millsap, right, scramble for the loose ball during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 86-84. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Utah Jazz' DeMarre Carroll, left, and San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal, right, chase the loose ball during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 86-84. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, center, of France, loses control of the ball as he is defended by Utah Jazz' Paul Millsap (24), Mo Williams (5) and Al Jefferson (25) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green (4) drives past Utah Jazz' Gordon Hayward (20) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) loses control of the ball as he is defended by Utah Jazz' Paul Millsap, left, and Gordon Hayward (20) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin covers his face as he reacts to a play during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin talks to his players during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, shoots as Utah Jazz defenders Paul Millsap (24) and Marvin Williams (2) look on during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Mo Williams, Utah Jazz guard.
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Given recent history, it’s no wonder that some are beginning to doubt that.

However, Williams, acquired by the Jazz in an offseason trade, is largely unfamiliar with the Jazz’s history in San Antonio and had his best game in his brief second stint with the Jazz. His 29 points came on 9-of-13 shooting, and he made each of his nine free-throw attempts, recorded nine assists and turned the ball over only twice.

However, the Jazz couldn’t keep up in the fourth quarter. The Spurs did not commit any turnovers in the fourth after giving the ball away eight times in third quarter — five times on Jazz steals.

“It’s something where we were scoring pretty decently,” Gordon Hayward said, “but we weren’t getting stops on the other end.”

Hayward made a 3-pointer with 3:36 remaining that would have cut the Spurs’ lead to 99-97, but it was waved off due to a three-seconds violation by Paul Millsap.

It proved to be the final good chance for the Jazz, who were outscored 11-3 the rest of the way.

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @oramb

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At a glance

Storylines Spurs 110, Jazz 100

The Jazz lose their 11th game in their last 12 tries against San Antonio.

» Utah has not won in San Antonio since Jan. 20, 2010.

» Mo Williams scores a season-high 29 points, including 15 in the third quarter to help erase a double-digit Spurs lead.

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