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NBA: Tre Jones’ late antics helps Spurs take down Jazz


    Tre Jones #33 of the San Antonio Spurs during a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on December 19, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

Tre Jones #33 of the San Antonio Spurs during a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on December 19, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP

Devin Vassell scored 24 points and Tre Jones hit two shots on target in the final seconds to help the San Antonio Spurs overcome the Utah Jazz visitors and win 126-122 on Monday to end a two-game losing streak.

Spurs have kept their form after taking a double-digit lead in their previous three defeats. On Monday, San Antonio was up 20 points at the end of the third quarter and up 14 points to fourth.

Jazz took the lead in the 121-117 round after a free throw by Jarred Vanderbilt with a score of 1:23. Jones hit a runner running in the lane with 34.7 seconds left, giving San Antonio a six-point lead.

Jordan Clarkson’s 3-pointer with 30.6 seconds left made the game a one-time possession game, but Jones took another hit as the clocks slowed. Vassell takes the free throw with a second left to seal the victory.

San Antonio has won 5 of its past 9 games after a streak of 11 games without losing.

Keldon Johnson added 21 points for Spurs, with Malaki Branham scoring a career-high 20, Jakob Poeltl scoring 16, Doug McDermott scoring 14, Jones contributing 11 and Zach Collins scoring 10.

Lauri Markkanen leads the Jazz with 32 points and 12 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson added 25 points, Mike Conley scored 17 and Malik Beasley and Collin Sexton each had 13 points after the loss.

The Spurs took a nine-point lead while dominating the first quarter and hitting 50% of their shots. Johnson had 11 points in the first half, then San Antonio led 31-26.

Two consecutive 3-pointers from Conley and another from Markkanen ended the game 44-44 with 5:19 to play in the second half. San Antonio then took a 56-47 lead after a Johnson run with 3:16 left, and two free throws from Vassell in the final 32.7 seconds gave Spurs a 63-56 advantage at halftime. .

Johnson led all scorers with 17 points before halftime while Branham added 12 for San Antonio. The Spurs beat Utah from 56.1% to 37.3% in the first half and scored 38 points in the game.

Markkanen and Conley beat Jazz by 14 points each in the first two stages.

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