Rubio’s career night sinks Spurs


  • Utah Jazz' Ricky Rubio (3) drives opposite San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green during a second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in San Antonio. Utah won 120-111. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) Photo: Darren Abate, Associated Press / FR115 AP

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SAN ANTONIO— With their competition sleep-deprived and shorthanded, a Spurs entered Saturday night’s diversion opposite a Utah Jazz staid to benefit some much-needed movement entering their rodeo highway trip.

But propelled by Ricky Rubio’s prohibited hand, a Jazz busted a Spurs’ plans.

Rubio scored a career-high 34 points on 11-of-14 shooting, rookie and Baylor-ex Royce O’Neale combined a season-high 18 points off a dais and a Jazz kick a Spurs 120-111 aided by 57 percent sharpened bid from a margin opposite a NBA’s tip defensive team.



The Spurs entered a diversion ranked initial in scoring invulnerability (97.6 points) and fourth in opponents margin idea commission (44.8).

The Spurs squandered a 31-point night from LaMarcus Aldridge on 12 of 19. Tony Parker combined 11 points and a season-best 9 assists off a becnh.

The detriment left a Spurs 34-21, including 22-6 during home after dropping dual true during home. The Spurs finished their five-game homestand 2-3 and are only 3-4 over their final 7 games during a ATT Center.


The Spurs pulled within 112-109 on a span of Manu Ginobili giveaway throws with 1:58 left, though Utah took a atmosphere out of a building when O’Neale converted a Patty Mills turnover into a breakaways impact with 1:29 left.

After Bryn Forbes missed a 3 for a Spurs, Rudy Gobert strike a span of giveaway throws to make it 116-109 left.

With their fifth win in a row, a strain that also includes wins over Golden State and Toronto, a Jazz softened to 24-28.

The Jazz overcame several obstacles in violence a Spurs for a second time this season.

Due to automatic problems with their group jet, Utah didn’t arrive in San Antonio until 5:30 a.m. Saturday after routing a Suns in Phoenix on Friday night.

The Jazz didn’t leave Arizona until after 2 a.m. after their craft was diverted behind to Phoenix after being in a atmosphere for about 10 minutes.


Express-News Spurs contributor Jabari Young recaps a Spurs 120-111 detriment to a Utah Jazz and hear from Manu Ginobili in this postgame wrap.


Media: Jabari Young



“I’m not a good flyer, so privately we was removing nervous,” Jazz manager Quin Snyder said. “We kept saying lights everywhere and we wondering if we were in Texas after 10 minutes.”

As if that wasn’t enough, a Jazz schooled during warmups they would be though star rookie Donovan Mitchell, who pumped in 40 points on 14-of-19 sharpened in Utah’s 129-97 win over a Suns.

Down by as many as 13 points in a third entertain and by 9 entering a fourth, a Spurs pulled within 94-93 on a 3-pointer by Patty Mills with 7:29 left. But Rubio answered with a 3 of his own.

The Spurs trailed 87-78 entering a fourth after Danny Green sank a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left. Utah had a double-digit lead cut to 6 twice, though they answered both times with runs that got them behind forward by 10-plus.

The Jazz, who led by as many as 14 points in a second quarter, enjoyed a 61-49 lead during halftime. Rubio finished a initial half with 23 points on 9 of 9, a biggest descent outlay before halftime of his career.

After trailing by as many as 12 in a initial quarter, a Spurs entered a second duration down 33-24. They shot 55 percent (11 of 20) from a field, though it wasn’t adequate to opposite a impassioned Jazz, who strike 60 percent (12 of 20).

The detriment came on a night Popovich done a change to a starting lineup, inserting Davis Bertans in place of Pau Gasol. The pierce came after Popovich praised Bertans’ defensive alleviation during a coach’s pre-game event with a media.

“It’s not his strongpoint, though it’s not for miss of effort,” Popovich said. “He’s removing improved and improved during it, reckoning out how to do work early and how to position himself improved so he doesn’t get into those situations where he is behind a energy curve. But he’s removing improved and improved during it and apropos some-more confident.”

Tom Orsborn is a San Antonio Express-News staff writer. Read some-more of his stories here. | torsborn@express-news.net | @tom_orsborn

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