Jazz lose 16th straight game in San Antonio

Jazz lose 16th straight game in San Antonio



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SAN ANTONIO -- Manu Ginobili scored 25 points, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 102-93 Friday night for their sixth straight victory.

Tony Parker added 23 points and 11 assists, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Michael Finley had 12 points as San Antonio snapped Utah's three-game winning streak. The Spurs have won 16 straight at home against the Jazz.

Both the Jazz and Spurs have clinched playoff spots, with San Antonio in third place in the Western Conference and Utah in fourth. The Jazz fell five games behind the Spurs heading into the final 10 games of the season.

Deron Williams led Utah with 23 points, followed by Carlos Boozer with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mehmet Okur had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

All five Jazz starters scored in double digits, but their bench produced just 10 points. The Spurs' bench, on the other hand, was strong thanks to Ginobili, who scored half of its 50 points.

Derek Fisher added 15 points for the Jazz and Andrei Kirilenko had 11.

There were five ties and four lead changes in the first half. But the Spurs pulled away toward the end of the second quarter and had their biggest lead of the half, 12 points, at the break.

The Spurs took the lead for good with 8:49 left in the second quarter on Duncan's layup and extended it to as much as 14.

And while the Jazz got as close as six in the fourth, San Antonio kept a comfortable lead as Parker contorted and twisted his way to the basket for several scores.

Finley helped out from 3-point range, hitting one from the corner with 2:56 left to give San Antonio a 97-84 lead. It was his fourth 3 of the game, as he went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Game notes Jazz F Matt Harpring was out Friday with a stomach virus. ... Spurs F Robert Horry, who has been bothered by an abdominal contusion, went to the bench during the third quarter and did not return. ... The Spurs were 6-of-15 (40 percent) from 3-point range, compared to 3-of-12 (25 percent) for Utah.

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