SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz fans began streaming out of Vivint Arena with more than five minutes remaining in Friday night’s game.
Right about the same time, Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors were subbed out and a fan not too far from the team’s bench yelled, “C’mon, Quin! Don’t give up!”
The Jazz didn’t exactly give up in this quick rematch with the Spurs. They just didn’t have nearly as much to give during this rough 100-86 defeat as they did when they pulled off a surprising win in San Antonio earlier this week.
It didn’t help that the Spurs had three days to prepare for this game and stew over losing to the Jazz at home Tuesday for the first time since January 2010.
Other things that didn’t help?
Kawhi Leonard going off for 29 points and 11 rebounds.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills combining for another 35 points.
The Spurs hitting 20 of 22 free throws.
The Jazz scoring only 17 first-quarter points after taking an early lead.
And let's not forget that Utah shot only 37.5 percent on a night when the team really missed a healthy Gordon Hayward.
“Give the Spurs a lot of credit. They played well tonight,” Jazz veteran Joe Johnson said. “We just had some mental lapses offensively that we normally don’t have. Defensively, we messed up on a few coverages. They made a run and we never really got back in it.”
By the way, the Jazz fan who loudly told Snyder to not quit left the arena with three minutes remaining.
The Spurs, who won for the fifth time in six games this season, were up by 18 points at that point.
That was quite the turnaround after Utah jumped out to a 10-2 lead and appeared to be headed to another fun win.
The Spurs responded with an 8-0 run that included a pair of Leonard free throws and two 3-pointers from Mills, who started for Tony Parker (right knee soreness).
San Antonio ended the first quarter on a 14-4 spurt for a 27-17 lead. Utah, which beat Dallas the night after stunning the Spurs at the AT&T Center, never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Snyder thought his team lacked defensive discipline in this setback.
“I think it was collective,” Snyder said after his team dropped to 3-3. “They put pressure on you with their bigs. If you don’t hit first, if you don’t chip, if you don’t wedge, if your guards don’t get in there, their size takes over. We just weren’t aggressive enough on the boards.”
San Antonio outrebounded Utah 49-42.
Rodney Hood scored 18 points to lead the Jazz, but he was limited to 24 minutes because of foul problems. Johnson scored 14.
George Hill, who tops Utah in points and assists on the season, had a rough shooting night (5-for-13) and finished with 13 points, three rebounds and three assists. He went off for 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting with seven assists in Tuesday’s 106-91 win over the Spurs.
“I think we need to play for 48 minutes,” said Jazz backup point guard Dante Exum, who had seven points and seven rebounds. “That was our biggest thing. We had a lot of ups and downs tonight and if we can sustain that for 48 minutes, we’re right there with them.”
This outcome wasn’t ideal for the Jazz as they embark on a challenging five-game East Coast trip, which begins with an early game Sunday (10 a.m. MST) at New York.
JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz recalled rookie power forward Joel Bolomboy from the SLC Stars on Friday. He will travel with Utah on this road trip because the team needs big man depth. … Power forward Boris Diaw missed his third straight game with a leg bone contusion. The Jazz don’t give return timetables, but ESPN.com reported that Diaw could be out for two weeks. “You saw a guy that was playing through it,” Snyder said. “He’s a pro and he’s going to do everything he can to contribute. You could tell a difference (in him) between preseason and the regular season.” … Hill is the only Jazz player who’s scored in double figures in all six games.