DeMar DeRozan poured in a season-high 38 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 127-100 win over the Utah Jazz on the road, snapping their three-game losing streak.
DeRozan connected on 11-of-19 shooting from the field, knocking down 16-of-19 attempts at the three throw line, adding five rebounds and five assists on the night, in the process, he surpassed 1,000 points for the 10th straight season
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Dejounte Murray was the only other Spurs starter to score in double figures, finishing with 16 points and with LaMarcus Aldridge missing his second game in a row with a sprained right thumb, the Spurs' got plenty of big contributions from their bench, with five players finishing in double figures on the night.
Patty Mills led the second unit with 18 points, while Marco Belinelli, Rudy Gay and Derrick White all scored 10 points apiece.
The Spurs took control of the game in the first half, racing out to a 70-62 lead, the second-most points they've scored in a half this season, but the Jazz refused to go away, as Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Jordan Clarkson combined rally the Jazz down the stretch.
DeRozan scored 21 of his 38 points in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter and as the Jazz cut the deficit to just five points with two minutes remaining in the game, the Spurs guard answered the call, knocking down a clutch jumper and going 3-of-4 at the free-throw line in the final 50 seconds to seal the win.
"DeMar was fantastic," head coach Gregg Popovich said post-game. "He scored and kept us in the game without LA being out there. He deserves a lot of credit."
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Mitchell led the Jazz with 31 points on the night, while Gobert continued his dominant form, recording 17 points and 19 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson chipped in 20 points off the bench.
It's been a tough week for DeRozan, following the death of Kobe Bryant, but he's let his basketball do the talking, turning in two huge performances after scoring 36 points against the Chicago Bulls two nights ago.
"That was my mentor, my idol, learned everything from him, toughness, inside and out, how to study film, you name it on the basketball court I got it from Kobe," DeRozan said post-game.
"It's been tough. One thing I know he was one of the toughest people I ever came across and through this time I know he'd definitely want everybody to go out there and give it their all in whatever it is that they're doing."
"He was the epitome of that. It speaks volumes from everybody who has the strength to go out there and continue to play, because its definitely something he'd want."
With the win, the Spurs move to 21-26 on the season as they prepare for a tough stretch of games with seven of their next eight games on the road, including games against the Lakers, Clippers, Blazers, Nuggets, Thunder (2) and Jazz (2).
Meanwhile, the Jazz have now lost two games in a row and sit fourth in the West at 32-15.