Jazz Move Into First With Win Over Spurs

Utah now 19-3 at home; defending champs lose their second straight
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2008 12:25 AM CST
Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko reaches around San Antonio Spurs forward Manu Ginobili for the ball during the fourth quarter Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz beat the Spurs 97-91....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Andrei Kirilenko scored 23 points on 9-10 shooting and Utah never trailed in a 97-91 victory over San Antonio. The intensity was high in this rematch of last season's Western Conference finals, with several technical fouls given out as well as lots of bumps and bruises for the Spurs, who saw a much more physical Utah team this time.

Tim Duncan had drawn San Antonio within two with 90 seconds remaining, but a Spurs technical foul and Kyle Korver's three-pointer with 48 seconds left sealed the deal. Manu Ginobili led the defending champions with 29 points while Duncan had 26 and 11 rebounds. Utah guard Deron Williams had 14 assists and shut down San Antonio's Tony Parker.