Spurs avenge only loss with win over Jazz in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs avenged their lone loss of the season with a 100-86 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

The Spurs bounced back from a 15-point home loss to the Jazz on Tuesday after losing just one game in San Antonio all of last season.

The Jazz jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter and an unhappy Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called a timeout just minutes into the game. The Spurs responded with a 29-7 run and the Jazz never led again. Utah got within seven in the third quarter, but Leonard responded with five quick points and the Jazz never got within single digits the rest of the game.

Leonard continued his MVP-caliber season by shooting 9 for 18 from the field while LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and six rebounds.

Rodney Hood led the Jazz with 18 points, but the team shot just 37.5 percent.

TIP-INS

Spurs: G Tony Parker missed the game due to right knee soreness. He did not travel with the team. ... Patty Mills started at point guard and scored 16 points to go with three rebounds and three assists.

Jazz: Gordon Hayward went through a pregame workout with the fingers on his left hand taped up. The star forward is out indefinitely with a broken finger on his non-shooting hand. ... F Boris Diaw missed his second consecutive game with a right leg contusion.

NO WARMUPS

The Jazz season has started with four playoff teams in their first six games, including the Spurs twice. They hit the road for five straight and seven of nine away from Salt Lake City.

''The biggest thing for me is, you hope for your team to continue to improve,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''That is the primary thing. If competition early can accelerate that process, that is a good thing. There's been times where that competition early can knock you back. So it can go either way.''

UP NEXT

Spurs: Host the Los Angeles Clippers and point guard Chris Paul, who entered Friday with a league-high 3.25 steals per game, on Saturday.

Jazz: Travel to face a New York Knicks team on Sunday, that improved to 2-3 after a win over the Bulls on Friday.

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