NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Utah
(Wednesday, January 31st)
Final Score: Utah 97, San Antonio 93
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Mehmet Okur poured in 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, scoring 10 of Utah's last 14 points, and the Jazz bested the San Antonio Spurs, 97-93, despite missing forward Carlos Boozer.
It was announced on Wednesday that Boozer will probably miss four to six weeks after a hairline fracture was diagnosed in his left fibula.
Tony Parker scored 27 points, and Tim Duncan finished with 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who had won two straight and five of six entering the game. Manu Ginobili and Robert Horry added 10 points apiece for the Spurs.
Paul Millsap scored 15 points and raked in eight boards for the Jazz, who stopped a two-game skid. Deron Williams scored 14 points, grabbed six boards, and tallied seven assists for Utah.
After Horry put the Spurs ahead 89-88 with a three with 1:19 remaining, Okur managed to draw a foul while attempting a three-pointer of his own. He sank all three free throws, and the Jazz never trailed again.
Duncan did manage to tie the game at 91 with turnaround jumper with 40 seconds left, but Okur quickly answered by nailing a trey with 27.5 seconds remaining, giving the Jazz a 94-91 lead.
A Duncan putback brought the Spurs back to within one at 94-93 with 17.4 ticks remaining, but Okur hit both of his free throws with 12.1 left to restore the three-point Jazz advantage. Horry missed a potential game-tying three on the ensuing possession, Matt Harpring hit one-of-two from the charity stripe, and the Jazz held on for the win.
Utah ripped off 10 straight midway through the third quarter to open up a 12- point lead. Okur converted a three-point play on the run, and capped the stretch with a three that put Utah up 61-49 with 7:25 left in the third. The Jazz led 71-63 entering the fourth quarter.
The Spurs trailed 20-17 after one quarter, but edged into a 47-45 lead at the break.
Utah outrebounded the Spurs, 50-32...Duncan blocked five shots...Okur made 10- of-14 from the field, 3-of-6 from behind the arc, and 8-of-8 free throws.
02/01 00:25:15 ET