Leonard scores 29 as Spurs defeat Jazz 96-78
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and the San Antonio Spurs shut down the Utah Jazz 96-78 on Thursday night for their fourth straight road victory.
The Jazz played well early and led by seven in the first quarter, but the No. 1-ranked scoring defense in the NBA cranked it up in the second quarter and held Utah to its lowest point total of the season.
Two baskets by Leonard highlighted a 9-0 run that put the Spurs up 35-31. San Antonio never trailed again and held the Jazz to just 12 second-quarter points.
Tim Duncan had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Tony Parker finished with 16 points.
Derrick Favors led the Jazz with 25 and Rodney Hood added 12.