Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) shoots as San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) defends while fans sit courtside in the first half during an NBA basketball game Monday, May 3, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 points and Rudy Gobert tallied 24 points and 15 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-99 on Monday night.
Jordan Clarkson added 16 points for the Jazz. Joe Ingles chipped in 13 points and eight assists. Utah earned its second straight victory with efficient offense and tough defense. The Jazz scored 22 points off 13 San Antonio turnovers and shot 50% from the field while leading wire to wire.
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points and Rudy Gay added 17 points to lead the Spurs, who lost their fourth straight game.
The Jazz scored on five straight possessions to carve out a 26-16 lead late in the first quarter. Clarkson and Bogdanovic each made back-to-back baskets to help Utah build a double-digit cushion.
San Antonio cut the deficit to 40-35 on a jumper from Gay in the second quarter. That’s as close as the Spurs got before Utah heated up again. The Jazz scored on six consecutive possessions to ignite a 17-4 run. Bogdanovic scored back-to-back baskets to start the run and punctuated it with a 3-pointer that gave Utah a 57-39 lead.
The Spurs struggled to keep pace with the Jazz after repeatedly settling for mid-range shots. 19 of San Antonio’s 20 first-half baskets were mid-range shots.
The Jazz led by as many as 25 points in the second half, going up 74-49 in the third quarter after Joe Ingles capped a 13-2 run with a 3-pointer.
Utah and San Antonio will face off again on Wednesday.
Spurs: Devin Vassell scored San Antonio’s first 3-pointer of the game with 7:07 left in the third quarter. … The Spurs attempted only 10 free throws but finished 10-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Jazz: Bogdanovic led Utah in scoring for the fourth straight game. … Trent Forrest finished with career-highs in points (9) and rebounds (4). … The Jazz outscored San Antonio 66-46 in the paint and 14-4 in fast-break points.