Jazz Top Spurs 110-104

The Utah Jazz defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 110-104. Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, while Rudy Gobert added 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in the victory. Derrick White tallied 21 points and 8 assists for the Spurs in the losing effort. The Jazz improve to 24-9 on the season, while the Spurs fall to 14-19.

Post Game Notes:

Spurs Coach Greg Popovich

(Opening statement…)

“Overall, I thought we did a good job. Everybody wants to win them all. We shot very poorly first half. I think we were 4-for-9 from the free-throw line, 1-for-11 from three. We can't let that get our energy level down a little bit. We dropped by 10 in that first half. One of those nights, or we just didn't shoot well, or three in four nights, whatever it might be, but the same energy wasn't quite there. Since it's such a great group of guys, the second half, they did everything they could to muster up the energy, get back in it, but got to give Utah credit. They’re experienced. Very experienced. They know what they’re doing, and that sort of made it a tough hill to climb. We had to do a lot of things right, and that didn’t happen. Overall, it was a good game for improvement, understanding how we have to play and what this is all about. I’m actually pleased.”

(On expectations for the team over the last few months…)

“I think we're going to win every game. Just the attitude I have going in. And then if we don't, we got to figure out why did we do that. Did we not shoot well? Did we play poor defense? Was our team defense bad? Did we not rebound? What’s the deal? So that we learn why we lost and why we won. Obviously, it’s more important for the players to learn that, because they’re the ones doing the work. We just try to aid in that process.”

Spurs Guard Derrick White

(On the team’s energy…)

“It’s frustrating. Missing shots, especially against a good team like that, they make you pay for any mistakes you make on both sides. Personally, I think I got off to a slow start, which kind of bled to the rest of the team. I just got to be better at the start and help us keep going.”

(On learning to fight through the first month of season…)

“Yeah. We’re just getting better each game, we compete, and we’re just learning. A lot of young guys, so we’re just learning each and every day and just getting better and better.”

(On the rebuild perception some people had…)

“No. I’ve always believed in us. I love the locker room we have. I think we have a lot of talent. A lot of guys are hungry, so we just got to keep chipping away at it. It’s a long year. Just trust that each getting better will turn into good results for us.”

Spurs Center Jakob Poeltl

(On expectations for the team after success…)

“I don’t think that has necessarily changed anything. I think we have grown in a sense that we are more confident.”

(On the team playing through the end of the game…)

“Obviously, we were still trying to win the game. I think we still had three or four minutes left to play. A lot of basketball, a lot of things could happen in that amount of time. We gave it our best shot. Even the young guys came in at the end, played really hard, and made it even closer. That’s good obviously.”

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