Utah's Late Run Not Enough to Top Spurs

Utah's Late Run Not Enough to Top Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Make that 17 in a row. After a 108-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Sunday, the Utah Jazz have lost 17 straight games in San Antonio, going back to 1999.

Deron Williams' fourth-quarter efforts and career-high 34 points weren't enough for the Jazz. Williams scored 18 points in the fourth to get the Jazz close.

The Jazz made 10 straight shots and got within seven points in the fourth quarter.

But the Jazz didn't lead after the Spurs went up 14-13 with 5:17 left in the first quarter.

Carlos Boozer was largely ineffective for Utah early, scoring just 10 points heading into the fourth quarter. But despite picking up his fifth foul with about 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter, he stayed in the game and delivered.

Boozer finished with 20 points, 10 in the fourth quarter.

The All-Star came into Sunday's game averaging more than 24 points.

The Jazz, well-rested after not having played since last Tuesday when they closed out the Golden State Warriors in Game 5, didn't appear lethargic. And the Spurs didn't appear fatigued after their quick turnaround from Friday's Game 6 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Mehmet Okur had all of his 10 points in the first half. He and Derek Fisher combined to hit just 4-of-22 from the field.

The Jazz are back in San Antonio on Tuesday for Game 2 before going home for Games 3 and 4 in the best-of-seven series.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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