On March 12, the NBA regular season continued, and the Spurs narrowly beat the Jazz 104-102 at home.
With the Spurs’ victory in this campaign, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s regular-season coaching wins successfully surpassed Don Nelson’s exclusive history. Murray had 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals, Poeltl had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Collins had 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Keldon Johnson had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Jazz missed the winning streak, Mitchell 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, Clarkson 17 points and 8 rebounds, Gobert 13 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks, Whiteside 13 points and 10 rebounds
Bojan Bogdanovic was sidelined due to injury. Veteran Conley, who has been in a slump recently, made consecutive mistakes, but Mitchell felt hot and scored 8 points in a row to lead the Jazz to an 18-9 start. In the subsequent replacement rotation stage, Zach Collins played well, not only hitting two three-pointers in a row, but also making frequent basket kills. The Spurs once tied the score at 27. Conley made an assist and a three-pointer to make a foul, and the Jazz took a 6-point lead again, but Murray hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, and the Spurs ended the first quarter only 30-33 behind.
In the second quarter, the Spurs started 11-6 under the leadership of Murray and Poeltl and overtook the score 41-39. Mitchell immediately hit a three-pointer, sounding a new round of offensive horns. Under his leadership, the Jazz played a wave of 18-4, of which Mitchell contributed 10 points and took a double-digit lead. In the last two minutes before halftime, the two sides had each other’s offense and defense. Murray again missed a three-pointer at the buzzer, and the Jazz entered halftime 59-50.
After the start of the second half, the two sides suddenly began to work frantically. In the third quarter, the Spurs scored only 8 points, and the Jazz were even more outrageous. After Gobert’s dunk in the first offensive round, the next 11 consecutive shots were missed. In the middle of the game, and frequently made mistakes, he did not score a point in more than 7 minutes. In the end, it was only through Whiteside’s tip-up that he broke the scoring drought. At this time, the score has been chased to 58-61.
Whiteside’s score reinvigorated the Jazz, who ran a 13-6 run in the final four minutes of the third quarter to regain the lead and go 74-64 into the final quarter.
As soon as the fourth quarter came up, Clarkson scored consecutive points. Veteran Gay also hit a three-pointer with an assist from Conley in the counterattack. The Jazz pulled the score to 81-66. Popovich quickly suspended the adjustment. After returning, Poeltl made consecutive pick-and-roll throws. Gobert was also convicted of a malicious foul for kicking Richardson’s vital part during the offense. The latter made two free throws and scored points. The difference is thus back to single digits.
Spurs saw the hope of reversal and continued to narrow the point difference. Murray made two free throws and then completed a fallback jumper to stop the Jazz 76-82. But this time-out failed to stop the Spurs’ counter-offensive. Poeltl hit one of two free throws, and Lonnie Walker hit a three-pointer, narrowing the difference to only 2 points. At the critical moment, Clarkson counterattacked and scored 2 points, but the Jazz attack did not form a continuity. After Murray made a mid-range shot with 5 minutes and 28 seconds left, the Spurs finally tied the score at 84!
In the last 5 and a half minutes, the two sides started a decisive battle. Until the last minute of the game, the Spurs were still only 1 point ahead 96-95. House missed a three-pointer, and when he turned around, Poeltl received the ball in the middle and scored, leading 98-95 to 3 points. The Jazz made a key attack, and the opportunity appeared in O’Neal’s hands, but his three-point shot still failed to hit. Fortunately, Gobert grabbed the rebound and Mitchell made a mid-range shot, 97-98!
After the timeout, the Jazz took foul tactics. Richardson hit one of two free throws, but Johnson grabbed the rebound. The Jazz had to foul immediately. Johnson made two free throws, bringing the difference to 4 points. Although Mitchell quickly grabbed two points after that, but the time limit still failed to achieve a reversal.