Short-handed Jazz push past Spurs

23 December 2017 03:49:13 GMTPlus10

Rodney Hood stepped up for the Utah Jazz at the right time, as the hosts pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 100-89 Thursday evening at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

Hood led the way for the Jazz, as the 25-year-old shooting guard from Meridian, Mississippi scored a game high 29 points while grabbing three rebounds for the game.

The Duke alumnus, who also played at Mississippi State, started in place of the injured rising rookie superstar Donovan Mitchell, with Hood scoring 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter.

With the victory the Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak and currently are in ninth place in the Western Conference with a record of 15-18.

The Jazz have only had success this season at home, with Utah sporting a record of 12-5 at home at the Vivint Smart Home Arena while being a horrid 3-13 on the road.

Short-handed, the Jazz were without both Rudy Gobert and Mitchell for the contest on Thursday as injuries continue to hamper the club.

Leading the way for the Spurs was Kawhi Leonard, with the 26-year-old small forward from Los Angeles, Southern California scoring 10 points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out two assists.

San Antonio will continue on the road, as the Spurs head to Northern California to take on the Sacramento Kings, while Utah will welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

The Thunder are 5000.00 to win the Western Conference title, with the Spurs 5000.00 and the Jazz 126.00.

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