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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)
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After falling behind 14-4 in the first quarter, the Jazz closed the period on a 17-2 run thanks, in part, to a four-block performance by Derrick Favors. They led through the second quarter, were tied twice in third and were eclipsed only in the fourth.

In overtime, though, they ran out of steam.

Mo Williams made a 3-pointer with 3:16 left to tie the game at 95, but the Jazz sputtered. They didn’t score another field goal and were outscored 9-2 the rest of the way.

A season has turned into a sympathy tour. When the year ends, with or without the playoffs, players will scatter and some won’t come back. Free agency guarantees that.

Where are they emotionally? Mentally? Earlier Friday, coach Tyrone Corbin said he feared free agency had played a role in his team’s late-season malaise. Even in a loss, the Jazz told those questions to take a break.

“You feel sorry for yourself,” Corbin said, “but at some point you’ve got to step up and just fight. I thought we showed a lot of that tonight.”

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After recent games, Corbin had directed pointed comments at his team. Effort was suspect. Defense, too. On Friday, those were the very things that kept the Jazz in the game.

“If we play this way every night against everybody,” Corbin said. “We’ll be OK. That’s what we’re looking for to get the effort.”

The Jazz opened up a 10-point lead in the second quarter, but were outscored 9-2 in the final 3:41 before halftime.

Each time the Spurs made a run, though, the Jazz had an answer. In the third quarter, the Spurs tied the game at 49, but Jefferson answered with a jump shot. The score was once again knotted at 60 after a Boris Diaw layup, but Alec Burks made a jumper on the following possession.

The Spurs took their first lead of the second half on a basket by Kawhi Leonard with 10:04 remaining, and the Jazz answered with back-to-back steals that led to dunks by Favors and Burks.

The Jazz have not won on the road since Feb. 13, a stretch of eight games. They have gone from five games up on the Lakers for the eighth seed in the West, to trailing now by multiple 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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