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    LaMarcus Aldridge scores career-high 45 as Spurs finally beat Jazz this season

    Mar 24, 2018
    LaMarcus Aldridge shows the way as the Spurs defeat the Jazz for the first time in four meetings this season. AP

    SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge had a career-high 45 points, helping San Antonio overcome Donovan Mitchell's 35-point performance for Utah in the Spurs' 124-120 overtime victory over the Jazz on Friday night (Saturday, Manila time).

    The Spurs won their sixth straight and beat the Jazz for the first time in four meetings this season.

    Utah's 12-game road winning streak came to an end, but only after Mitchell had 14 points in the fourth quarter, including three 3-pointers in the final two minutes to force overtime.

    San Antonio remained sixth in the Western Conference with the same record as fifth-place New Orleans, a half-game behind Oklahoma City for fourth. Utah remained eighth in the West.

    After free throws by Spurs guards Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills and a dunk by Jazz center Rudy Gobert put San Antonio up 114-111, Mitchell drained his third 3-pointer of the fourth with 3.6 seconds remaining to force overtime.

    Mills, who finished with 23 points, had six points in overtime as the Spurs capped an undefeated six-game homestand.

    Aldridge averaged 32.2 points and 9.0 rebounds during the winning streak, including two double-doubles.

    Aldridge scored 28 points in the first half on 12-for-16 shooting, including a 3-pointer.

    Utah missed its first six shots and was 4 for 14 as San Antonio grabbed a 19-8 lead midway through the first quarter. Mitchell settled the Jazz, scoring six points to cut the Spurs lead to 29-21 heading into the second quarter.

    Mitchell was 14-for-35 shooting while falling six points shy of his season-high.

    Derrick Favors added 22 points for Utah and Ricky Rubio had 20.

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    Ginobili finished with 18 points for the Spurs.


    Jazz: Utah had not lost to San Antonio since April 2, 2017. ... The starting lineup of Mitchell, Rubio, Favors, Gobert and Joe Ingles is 22-10 on the season ... Tony Bradley missed the game as part of the league's concussion protocol. It was unclear if Bradley suffered the concussion during practice or in the G League since he has only played one minute with the Jazz in March.

    Spurs: San Antonio played its first overtime game of the season. ... Aldridge's 45-point effort his 44-point effort against Denver on Jan. 23, 2014. ... Aldridge's 28 points in the first half are the most by a Spurs in a half since Ginobili had 28 points against Cleveland in 2008.


    Jazz: Visit Golden State on Sunday night.

    Spurs: Visit Milwaukee on Sunday night.

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    LaMarcus Aldridge shows the way as the Spurs defeat the Jazz for the first time in four meetings this season. AP
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