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Spurs host Jazz hoping for rare consecutive win

Spurs host Jazz hoping for rare consecutive win

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Not much has gone right for either the San Antonio Spurs or the Utah Jazz through the first quarter of the NBA season, but both teams take a modicum of momentum into play for their dustup on Sunday afternoon at the AT&T Center in the Alamo City. The Spurs, who haven't won back-to-back games since winning four straight in an eight-day span Oct. 27-Nov. 3, just hope to play better than they did in a 34-point loss at Utah on Monday. San Antonio showed signs of emerging from a season-long funk when it rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 133-120 at home on Friday to snap a two-game losing skid. DeMar DeRozan matched his season-high with 36 points in the win, as the Spurs came back from a 12-point deficit early in the fourth quarter. Eight Spurs players scored in double-figures in the vic...
Surprising Jazz open playoffs against Thunder

Surprising Jazz open playoffs against Thunder

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- After losing Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics in the offseason, it looked like it would be a long shot for the Utah Jazz to make the playoffs. But after a rough start, the Jazz won 29 of 34 games before losing their regular-season finale to drop to the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. They'll open the playoffs Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that looked like a lock to not only make the playoffs but compete atop the conference. But the Thunder didn't solidify their place in the playoffs until a win in the next-to-last game of the season. The series is one of the more intriguing first-round matchups, with Utah's 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert providing a rim-protecting presence to combat Thunder superstar point guard Russell ...