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.
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