Jazz defense shuts down Spurs late to hand San Antonio rare home loss, first defeat of the season
George Hill led the Jazz to pull away late against his former Spurs team. AP

GEORGE Hill fueled a pivotal late run before the Utah Jazz turned to defense to hand the San Antonio Spurs a rare home loss and its first defeat of the season, 106-91, on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) at the AT&T Center.

The Jazz built a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter but the Spurs cut it down to two entering the fourth period, and kept it a tight battle until midway in the final frame.

After a Pau Gasol slam put the Spurs within a basket, 86-88, at the 5:24 mark, Hill went on an 8-2 tear to put the Jazz up 96-88. Kawhi Leonard then scored San Antonio’s final bucket with 3:47 to go as Utah locked down on defense to seal the win.

Hill had 22 points and seven assists to help Utah even its record to 2-2. Rodney Hood added 19 markers, while Trey Lyles and Shelvin Mack chipped in 15 and 14, respectively, off the bench.

Leonard led all scorers with 30 but only LaMarcus Aldridge was the other Spur in double digits with 21 points.

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