Hot Spurs Off to Best-Ever Start

Utah still can't win in San Antonio, 104-98
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2007 5:34 AM CST
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, recovering from a sprained right ankle, watches the team's NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in street clothes for the second consecutive game in San Antonio,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Utah Jazz haven't won a game in San Antonio in nearly nine years, and if they thought they would have a better chance with Spurs' big man Tim Duncan benched last night, a 104-98 defeat soon dispelled that idea. Manu Ginobili outstripped everyone with 37 points, and Utah's scoring couldn't compete, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams each reached 28 points, but Boozer's 17 rebounds couldn't make up for his nine turnovers. The Spurs' shooting percentage didn't impress (44% to Utah's 54%), but they hung on to the ball better than the Jazz, and turned three quarters of trailing into an advantage in the end.