Burke leads Jazz over Spurs
SALT LAKE CITY – Trey Burke scored 23 points and the Utah Jazz beat San Antonio 90-81 on Monday night, extending the Spurs' losing streak to three since returning from the All-Star break.
The Jazz used an energetic defensive effort to turn a season-high 22 Spurs turnovers into 17 points. Forward Gordon Hayward scored 18 points despite a poor-shooting night, while Derrick Favors added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert set the defensive tone early with two first-quarter blocks of Tim Duncan and finished with seven points, 14 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. The Jazz has held its past five opponents under 100 points.
Duncan had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Boris Diaw chipped in 13 points and Cory Joseph had 10. Philadelphia was up 67-61 early in the third, then got outscored 30-12 over the final nine minutes of the quarter.
The Spurs were unable to put together any type of run the entire game as the Jazz jumped out to a 24-12 lead and were never threatened. The Spurs' 81 points matched a season low.
•SNELL LIFTS BULLS: Ian Snell scored 20 points, Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and the surging Bulls pounded the Bucks on the boards on their way to an 87-71 victory. Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls enjoyed a whopping 62-41 advantage on the glass.
•PELICANS CATCH RAPTORS: Alexis Ajinca capped a 16-point performance with a go-ahead layup in the final minute, and New Orleans erased an 18-point deficit en route to a 100-97 victory over Toronto. Luke Babbitt scored 18 for New Orleans, including a three-pointer that gave the Pelicans their first lead with 1:55 to go.
•DENG LIFTS HEAT: Luol Deng made 11 of 14 shots and scored 29 points, Goran Dragic added 23 points and 10 assists, and Miami set a season high for scoring in a 119-108 victory over Philadelphia. Dwyane Wade scored 18 for the Heat, which stayed in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference.
•BOSTON BEATS PHOENIX: Avery Bradley scored 23 points, Isaiah Thomas burned his former team with eight critical points in the last two minutes, and the Celtics held off the Suns 115-110.