Jazz hand Spurs their first season sweep in 12 years

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs for the fourth time this season, 105-98 on Wednesday night.The Jazz hadn’t won in San Antonio in a decade entering this season, but Utah can now claim two road wins over the Spurs. This one wasn’t easy, but Utah prevailed in a game of wild swings.Manu Ginobili scored 22 points for the Spurs, who used a 25-0 run in the first half to dig themselves out of their own 12-0 deficit. The Jazz then clawed their way back, and had the endurance to hang on.Andrei Kirilenko scored 26 points as the Jazz split a two-game road swing after losing to Denver on Sunday. Utah has won five of six.The Jazz also deprived Tim Duncan from joining the 20,000-point club, holding the perennial All-Star to 14 points – leaving him at 19,999.Duncan shot 4 of 14 and made just one shot in the fourth quarter. Boozer drew a sixth foul on Duncan with 30.1 seconds left and the Spurs trailing 99-96, and Boozer sank both free throws to seal the victory.Three points was the closest San Antonio got after trailing by as many as 12 in the quarter. Tony Parker scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth, but Boozer had eight down the stretch to keep the Spurs at bay.Boozer picked up his 25th double-double of the season. Deron Williams also had a double-double, getting 18 points and 10 assists.George Hill had 16 points and Richard Jefferson had 12 for the Spurs.San Antonio had crawled back into the game after a horrid start, missing its first eight shots. A 25-0 run over 5 minutes in the first half brought the Spurs back and then some, but the Jazz held off a final Spurs push.The Jazz won the season series for the Spurs for the first time in 12 years. In a way, it might have been overdue payback for Jerry Sloan, who last decade watched Utah lose 18 straight to San Antonio.The loss was a dulling start to a six-game homestand for the Spurs. The home games are the last for San Antonio before embarking on their annual “Rodeo Road Trip,” which will keep the Spurs away for virtually all of February while cowboys and cattle take over the AT&T Center for a month.NOTES: Duncan will go for 20,000 points on Friday against Houston. Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki and Boston’s Ray Allen have already hit the milestone this season.

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