Things went so poorly for the Utah Jazz in Game 2, even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich seemed to take mercy on them in his postgame comments.
"We had a good night. They had a poor night," the 2012 NBA coach of the year said. "This was just a matter of them having a bad, bad night. ... It happens to all of us."
It really happened to the Jazz on Wednesday.
They scored 28 points in the entire first half on 23.4 percent shooting. They watched helplessly as the Spurs went on a 20-0 run. And they fell behind by as many as 38 points before finally losing to No. 1 seed San Antonio 114-83 at AT&T Center.
"They're just a great team," Jazz center Al Jefferson said. "They did what they're supposed to do on their home floor. They jumped out on us, put their foot on our neck and never released."
Determined not to get beaten by Tony Parker after his 28-point, eight-assist night in the Spurs' Game 1 rout, the Jazz instead witnessed San Antonio's Tiny Two of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green tear them apart.
Green hit three 3-pointers and scored all 13 of his points in the first half, while Leonard put in 12 of his 17 points before the break as the Spurs went up 53-28.
"It's a tough, tough loss for us," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "But, you know what, these guys did what they were supposed to do on their home court and win these two ballgames. We got to make sure to get our mindset to go home and win some games."
Game 3 is set for Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena. The Spurs take a 2-0 lead into that one, having won the first two by a combined 46 points.
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