Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs overcame a sluggish start and outscored Utah by 16 in the final quarter to down the Jazz, 91-82, on Friday from EnergySolutions Arena.
Tony Parker scored 14 of his 22 points in the final period for San Antonio, which has won seven straight games and holds the best record in the western conference at 9-1.
Tim Duncan tallied 14 points and nine rebounds and Boris Diaw contributed 17 points off the bench.
"It took a little longer to get there, but we grinded it out," said Duncan. "They played well. They played hard as we knew they would. It's good to get a win."
The loss spoiled a career night for Derrick Favors, who scored 20 points and blocked three shots to go with a career-high 18 rebounds. Alec Burks added 12 points and a team-high four assists in his first career start as Utah failed to build off of its first win of the season from Wednesday.
The Jazz led 67-60 after 36 minutes, but San Antonio came alive in the fourth. Diaw opened the period with a 3-pointer and Danny Green followed with a pair of triples around a Parker three-point play. Green's second 3 put the Spurs in front, and they never looked back.
"I thought for the most part we stuck to the game plan," said Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin. "But you saw their experience. That's a good team over there. They know what to do to close a game out."
Utah went cold, and a set of Manu Ginobili free throws at the 3:34 mark had the Spurs in front, 85-75. Parker followed with a layup and free throws to put the game out of reach.
"We brought a little more energy in the second half," said Ginobili. "Terrible first quarter, very sloppy. They outplayed us, outworked us. But then slowly, we started to bring it and I think in the second half we did very good."
The Jazz shot just 7-of-23 from the floor in the fourth while the Spurs hit 10-of-19 and 8-of-10 from the stripe.
Earlier, Utah built a 15-point first quarter lead as Favors ripped down nine boards in the period. John Lucas III hit a jumper with 13.9 seconds left before Patty Mills' layup at the buzzer made it 29-16.
San Antonio won the second, 25-17.
Gordon Hayward scored 15 points on 5-of-23 from the floor ... The Spurs took 22 free throws to Utah's 11 ... San Antonio will have a long break before hosting Boston on Wednesday.