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Despite energy, the Jazz still lose to San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz's Mo Williams (5) shoots over San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, shoots over Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, left, of France, talks to Spurs' Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
Utah Jazz's Paul Millsap (24) shoots in front of San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) chases a rebound against San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, shoots over Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-97 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, of France, gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-97 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson, center, is defended by San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, and Kawhi Leonard during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-97 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, left, of Argentina, is fouled by Utah Jazz's Marvin Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-97 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, center, talks to Spurs' Tony Parker, right, of France, Manu Ginobili, left, of Argentina, and Tiago Splitter, of Brazil, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-97 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, right, shoots over Utah Jazz's Mo Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-97 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, top, of Argentina, fights Utah Jazz's Mo Williams for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-97 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green, right, talks with Utah Jazz's Mo Williams after an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-97 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan is seen during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-97 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) collides with San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter, of Brazil, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-97 in overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

San Antonio • Al Jefferson stood just beyond the 3-point line and raised his arms like a grandfather about to be tackled by loving heirs. Twenty-five feet in front of him, a glowing red light rimmed the backboard.

It was a picture, and a truly hopeful moment for a Utah Jazz team that, before Friday, seemingly forgot how to have them.

A 3-pointer dropped through the image, slashing the stillness. A corner jump shot could have defined one Jazz player’s tenure with the team. It might have saved a season.

Marvin Williams made a 3-pointer at the end of regulation against the best team in the West. But the biggest shot of his first season with the Jazz ultimately only extended their latest crushing defeat. Indivcative of a crumbling season, the Jazz lost 104-97 to the San Antonio Spurs in overtime.

“It’s fun if it would have been [the end of the] game,” Jefferson said. “When he hit that shot, we knew we had another five minutes to fight.”

The Jazz (34-35) had fought. For 48 minutes, they turned in their best performance in a month, but the result was their 11th loss in their last 14 games and their eighth straight defeat on the road.

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But against a Spurs team that has only lost four times this season at home, the Jazz showed something.

“If we continue to play the way we played tonight for the rest of these 12 games,” Jefferson said, “I still think we have a great chance.”

The Jazz remain 1 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for eighth in the West after L.A. lost to the Washington Wizards on Friday at Staples Center.

“Anything can happen,” Gordon Hayward said. “I definitely still believe, but we can’t keep taking [losses], that is for sure.”

Mo Williams led the Jazz with 23 points and eight assists, while Jefferson added 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Tim Duncan led San Antonio with 19 points and 16 rebounds as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich became the 12th coach to win 900 games.

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Utah goes toe-to-toe with West’s best team, but loses its eighth straight road game.

At a glance

Highlights

O The Jazz lose their eighth straight road game. They haven’t won away from home since Feb. 13.

» Tim Duncan leads the Spurs with 19 points and 16 rebounds as Gregg Popovich earns his 900th career win.

Spurs 104, Jazz 97

OVERTIME

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Hayward 34:20 2-10 0-0 0-6 5 3 5

Millsap 34:05 5-13 1-2 2-6 2 5 11

Jefferson 41:42 9-23 0-0 3-13 2 4 18

M Wllms 40:55 9-17 3-5 0-1 8 5 23

Foye 27:36 3-5 0-0 0-1 5 1 8

Favors 19:03 3-6 0-1 0-8 0 4 6

MaWlms 34:38 4-9 0-0 3-9 1 2 9

Kanter 11:11 0-4 3-4 2-3 0 1 3

Burks 21:31 6-9 0-0 1-1 0 2 14

Totals 265:00 41-96 7-12 11-48 23 27 97

Percentages: FG .427, FT .583. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Burks 2-3, Foye 2-3, M. Williams 2-4, Hayward 1-2, Ma.Williams 1-4, Millsap 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 17 (22 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Favors 4, Jefferson 2, Millsap 2, Hayward). Turnovers: 16 (Favors 4, Hayward 3, M. Williams 3, Jefferson 2, Burks, Kanter, Millsap, Ma.Williams). Steals: 11 (Jefferson 3, M. Williams 3, Millsap 2, Favors, Kanter, Ma.Williams). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

S.A. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Leonard 42:35 9-14 0-0 3-8 0 0 21

Duncan 37:12 4-13 11-13 1-16 5 2 19

Splitter 32:45 2-9 1-3 3-10 3 4 5

Parker 36:50 8-13 6-8 0-2 5 2 22

Green 34:13 6-9 0-0 0-1 2 0 15

Joseph 4:43 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 0 2

Ginobili 27:46 2-9 0-0 0-4 1 2 5

Diaw 18:53 3-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 6

Blair 4:53 1-1 0-0 1-2 0 3 2

Jackson 7:35 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 0

De Colo 8:44 1-2 0-0 0-1 3 1 2

Bonner 8:51 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 5

Totals 265:00 39-84 18-24 8-46 23 17 104

Percentages: FG .464, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 8-20, .400 (Leonard 3-4, Green 3-6, Bonner 1-1, Ginobili 1-5, Diaw 0-1, Joseph 0-1, Jackson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 18 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 10 (Splitter 4, Duncan 2, Leonard 2, Bonner, Green). Turnovers: 17 (Ginobili 5, Parker 3, Splitter 3, Duncan 2, Leonard 2, Blair, De Colo). Steals: 8 (Jackson 3, Ginobili 2, Leonard 2, De Colo). Technical Fouls: Blair, 9:55 second.

Utah 21 20 24 25 7 — 97

San Antonio 18 20 25 27 14 — 104

Attendance » 18,581

Time » 2:21.

Officials » Monty McCutchen, JT Orr, Michael Smith.


 
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