Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Saturday, November 27th
Game 2: Monday, January 10th
Game 3: Sunday, March 6th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 13th

Jazz 76

(8-6, 4-3 away)

Spurs 109

(11-3, 6-0 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:30 PM ET, November 27, 2004

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 10 18 30 1876
    SA 28 26 27 28109

    Top Performers

    Utah: G. Giricek 14 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 12 Pts, 13 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk

    San Antonio hits 9 of first 10 from field

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs' fast start didn't surprise Utah coach Jerry Sloan.

    Malik Rose scored a season-high 16 points, San Antonio made nine of its first 10 shots and the Spurs beat the Jazz 109-76 on Saturday night.

    "They started out just like I thought they would," Sloan said. "They came out and tried to destroy us."

    Manu Ginobili added 15 points, Tony Parker and Devin Brown each had 14 and Tim Duncan had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 12-for-16 in the opening quarter.

    While San Antonio's offensive got off to a hot start, the Spurs' defense held Utah to 3-for-12 shooting over the same span. At 7:01 of the first quarter, the Spurs led 20-6.

    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, notoriously hard to please, was happy with his team's intensity -- particularly on defense.

    "That's what they're paid to do -- bring their best every game," he said.

    Matt Harpring scored 15 points and Gordan Giricek 14 to lead the the Jazz, who played most of the night without Andrei Kirilenko, their No. 2 scorer and rebounder.

    Kirilenko, averaging about 16 points and eight rebounds, went down with a sprained right knee in a collision with San Antonio's Beno Udrih early in the second quarter.

    But by that point, the Spurs already had a 23-point lead and were well on their way to their 19th straight victory at home. Kirilenko was scoreless in nine minutes.

    "It's not really hurt, it's just uncomfortable," said Kirilenko, who needed crutches to get around.

    A 6-foot jumper off the rim by Duncan accounted for San Antonio's only miss in the game's first five minutes. The Spurs shot 12-for-16 in the opening quarter.

    Udrih's second 3-pointer of the game with 10:10 left in the second gave San Antonio a 35-14 lead, and after that the Jazz were never closer than 20. At one point in the fourth, Utah trailed by 37.

    "Our defense is getting better and better," Parker said. "You really have to focus on taking care of the ball when you build a big lead. We were up 20 in Toronto (last week) and lost."

    Carlos Boozer, Utah's leader at 20.2 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game, had six points and three rebounds before fouling out early in the fourth.

    The Spurs have beaten Utah 18 straight times dating to February 2000.

    Game notes

    Duncan has led San Antonio in rebounds in all 14 games this season, and was the high scorer in the last six outings. ... The Spurs are within three games of matching their longest home winning streak of 22, set between March and December 1999. ... Giricek has made nine of his 13 3-point attempts (69 percent) this season, but took none Saturday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 109
    FGM-FGA 32-72 (.444) 36-61 (.590)
    3PM-3PA 1-3 (.333) 5-12 (.417)
    FTM-FTA 11-16 (.688) 32-41 (.780)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-24 10-37
    Assists 14 21
    Turnovers 19 17
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 0 7
    Fast Break Points 2 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 34 (1/0) 22 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Gordan Giricek Giricek
    Points: 14
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 12
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4