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Hood scores 29 points as Jazz beat Spurs 100-89

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Missing their leading scorer for the second consecutive game, the Utah Jazz needed Rodney Hood to score in bunches.

He did exactly that, including 11 fourth-quarter points to help Utah end a three-game losing streak.

Hood had 29 points and the Jazz fended off multiple comeback attempts by San Antonio to beat the Spurs 100-89 on Thursday night.

Utah played without rookie guard and top scorer Donovan Mitchell, who missed his second consecutive game with a bruised right big toe.

''When Donovan is out, I have to be a lot more aggressive,'' Hood said.

The Jazz led most of the way, but the Spurs fought back each time it appeared Utah was ready to put the game away.

Hood took over in the fourth quarter after San Antonio cut the lead to 82-81. Utah went on a 13-2 run with Hood scoring nine straight points, including a contested pull-up 3-pointer from the corner and a spinning, mid-range jumper to push the lead to 12.

''You noticed he was pretty good, huh?'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''I thought they did a really good job in pick-and-roll, attacking and getting the ball to really open shooters. The last two 3s he hit, they were contested pretty well and he made great shots.

''In general they did a great job executing and finding the open man out of pick-and-roll and they really sliced and diced us in that regard. That was nice to watch in a weird sort of way.''

Ricky Rubio had 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Derrick Favors finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Bryn Forbes led the Spurs with 12 points.

The Jazz led 50-38 at halftime thanks to a 14-point half by Hood. Utah used a 17-3 run spanning the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second, highlighted by back-to-back 3s from Joe Johnson and Rubio, to take a 30-17 lead.

The Spurs opened the third quarter with an 11-1 run as LaMarcus Aldridge warmed up and cut the lead to two. San Antonio answered each time the Jazz tried to pull away before Hood finally sealed it.

''We knew they were going to go on a run,'' Hood said. ''I saw daylight and just had to rise up and shoot the ball and make the right play when they started trapping me and blitzing me.''

The loss broke a three-game winning streak for the Spurs.

''There really shouldn't be (any) excuses for mental mistakes,'' San Antonio guard Patty Mills said. ''We understand this is a long season and a long grind ... but the other team is going through it as well. ... We just had too many of those tonight.''

TIP-INS

Spurs: Pau Gasol did not play due to a right groin injury. ... Manu Ginobili sat out for rest. ... Danny Green was held out due to a left groin injury.

Jazz: Raul Neto missed his sixth straight game due to a concussion.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Jazz returned from a six-game road trip against some of the most talented teams in the NBA, including the Celtics, Cavaliers, Rockets and Thunder. Utah went 1-5 during the trip. Coming home is nice, but the Jazz were still on the second night of a back-to-back and down two starters.

''I think there is a competitiveness to our group that is going to be there regardless,'' Utah coach Quin Snyder said when asked about the team's energy level. ''Fatigue is something that everybody deals with. The challenge for us is not to lose any kind of emotional energy and to get despondent about schedule or lineups or injuries. Just to power through and that's all you can do.''

FINDING LaMARCUS

Aldridge is having his best season since joining the Spurs before the 2015-16 season. He entered averaging team highs of 22.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. The five-time All-Star was the only individual player Popovich mentioned when asked what he likes about his team to this point.

''I love that LaMarcus is having such a great year,'' Popovich said. ''He's been just outstanding at both ends of the floor and really been the main factor in keeping our heads above the water.

''He's playing with confidence and playing freely. Less input from Popovich and it's working well for him.''

UP NEXT

Spurs: Visit the struggling Sacramento Kings on Saturday.

Jazz: Host reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

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Key Players
L. Aldridge
12 PF
R. Hood
5 SG
28.3 Min. Per Game 28.3
17.6 Pts. Per Game 17.6
1.9 Ast. Per Game 1.9
2.5 Reb. Per Game 2.5
49.3 Field Goal % 43.1
49.6 Three Point % 42.2
85.3 Free Throw % 86.6
+ 2 Dejounte Murray made layup 0:20
  Defensive rebound by Dejounte Murray 0:23
  Rodney Hood missed jump shot 0:29
  Team rebound 0:45
  Dejounte Murray missed layup, blocked by Rodney Hood 0:45
+ 2 Thabo Sefolosha made layup, assist by Ricky Rubio 0:51
  Defensive rebound by Ricky Rubio 1:08
  Rudy Gay missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:12
  Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay 1:20
  Rodney Hood missed floating jump shot 1:24
+ 2 Dejounte Murray made driving layup 1:41
Team Stats
Points 89 100
Field Goals 34-78 (43.6%) 34-74 (45.9%)
3-Pointers 10-21 (47.6%) 12-26 (46.2%)
Free Throws 11-16 (68.8%) 20-24 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 44 49
Offensive 5 5
Defensive 33 36
Team 6 8
Assists 14 18
Steals 7 7
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 0 0
11 PTS, 6 AST
29 PTS, 3 REB
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away team logo Spurs 22-11 1721321989
home team logo Jazz 15-18 24262228100
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 22-11 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Jazz 15-18 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
Key Players
B. Forbes SG 6.9 PPG 1.4 RPG 1.0 APG 42.1 FG%
R. Hood SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
B. Forbes SG 12 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
R. Hood SG 29 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
43.6 FG% 45.9
47.6 3PT FG% 46.2
68.8 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Forbes 23 12 3 1 1 0 2 5 3/5 3/4 3/3 0 3 16 +1
L. Aldridge 28 11 6 1 1 1 4 6 4/11 1/1 2/2 1 5 17 -7
J. Lauvergne 25 11 6 0 0 0 3 2 4/11 0/0 3/4 2 4 14 +3
T. Parker 25 11 0 6 0 0 1 0 5/8 0/0 1/1 0 0 22 -5
K. Leonard 20 10 5 2 2 1 1 1 4/8 1/3 1/2 0 5 21 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Forbes 23 12 3 1 1 0 2 5 3/5 3/4 3/3 0 3 16 +1
L. Aldridge 28 11 6 1 1 1 4 6 4/11 1/1 2/2 1 5 17 -7
J. Lauvergne 25 11 6 0 0 0 3 2 4/11 0/0 3/4 2 4 14 +3
T. Parker 25 11 0 6 0 0 1 0 5/8 0/0 1/1 0 0 22 -5
K. Leonard 20 10 5 2 2 1 1 1 4/8 1/3 1/2 0 5 21 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Mills 26 11 2 0 0 0 0 1 4/10 3/7 0/0 0 2 13 -21
D. Bertans 17 8 2 0 0 0 0 2 3/5 2/4 0/0 0 2 10 -7
K. Anderson 22 6 2 1 0 0 1 1 3/5 0/0 0/2 0 2 9 -17
R. Gay 20 5 3 0 2 1 1 1 2/8 0/2 1/2 1 2 10 -8
D. Murray 18 4 8 3 1 0 1 1 2/6 0/0 0/0 1 7 18 -2
B. Paul 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +6
M. Ginobili - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 89 38 14 7 3 14 21 34/78 10/21 11/16 5 33 151 -55
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hood 34 29 3 0 1 1 1 1 12/24 3/10 2/3 0 3 33 +6
D. Favors 32 14 9 1 0 1 1 3 5/10 0/0 4/5 4 5 25 +8
R. Rubio 37 11 11 7 1 0 6 1 2/7 1/2 6/6 0 11 31 +6
J. Jerebko 22 9 3 2 1 1 1 3 3/7 1/3 2/2 1 2 17 +4
J. Ingles 36 6 5 5 0 0 1 4 2/4 2/3 0/2 0 5 20 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hood 34 29 3 0 1 1 1 1 12/24 3/10 2/3 0 3 33 +6
D. Favors 32 14 9 1 0 1 1 3 5/10 0/0 4/5 4 5 25 +8
R. Rubio 37 11 11 7 1 0 6 1 2/7 1/2 6/6 0 11 31 +6
J. Jerebko 22 9 3 2 1 1 1 3 3/7 1/3 2/2 1 2 17 +4
J. Ingles 36 6 5 5 0 0 1 4 2/4 2/3 0/2 0 5 20 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Burks 20 12 3 0 1 0 2 1 2/6 2/3 6/6 0 3 14 +14
J. Johnson 18 10 4 1 0 0 0 1 4/8 2/2 0/0 0 4 16 +5
T. Sefolosha 21 7 1 1 1 0 0 2 3/7 1/3 0/0 0 1 11 -2
E. Udoh 15 2 2 1 2 1 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 9 +3
R. O'Neale - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gobert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Wolters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 100 41 18 7 4 12 18 34/74 12/26 20/24 5 36 176 +55