The Utah Jazz winning streak continues as they beat one of the tough teams in the West, the San Antonio Spurs, 101-99.
After a slow 2017-18 NBA season start, the Jazz is now rolling like a ball of fire and now enjoying a ten-game winning streak. Not only that, for the first time this season they’re now above .500 winning percentage.
Utah currently outside the top eight teams but they’re not that far to catch up the seventh and the eight placer. The Jazz which are 29-28 win-loss card is now creeping at the back of New Orleans Pelicans (30-26) and Denver Nuggets (30-26).
With less than ten minutes in the fourth quarter, the Spurs was having a comfortable lead with 13 points (83-70). Then both teams traded baskets until Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell tied the game at 87-all after he sank a three-pointer.
The leading Rookie of the Year candidate then made a cold-blooded jumpshot with 38.2 seconds remaining in the last quarter. He gave his team the needed advantage (100-99) to put the pressure back to San Antonio.
On the next play, Manu Ginobili drove to the basket but Derrick Favors was in the middle anticipating his move. Ginobili’s shot got swatted by Favors which lead to another Spurs turnover.
The Spurs had a chance to win or even the score as Kyle Anderson attempted to make their team’s last shot as time running down. However, the undrafted rookie Royce O’Neale was ready for the challenge as he stepped in to guard Anderson’s final shot.
“Coming off back to back against tough teams like this, it didn’t really happen in the first half. Kinda slipped in the third quarter but the character of this team shown up in fourth quarter,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell Donovan led the Jazz in scoring with his 25 points while Joe Ingles added 20 markers. Without the injured Ricky Rubio, coach Quinn Snyder gave his trust to Royce O’Neale who made a big impact in the last seconds of the game.
Kyle Anderson led the short-handed Spurs with his 16 points while Pau Gasol added 15 points along with his 15 rebounds.