Spurs, Jazz battle in Salt Lake City

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(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs look to add to the misery of the Utah Jazz when the two clubs collide Tuesday in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz have lost nine straight and went 0-4 against the Spurs last season. The two Western Conference foes will meet again on Jan. 18 and Feb. 23, while San Antonio is unbeaten in the past five games in this series and 12-2 in the last 14 meetings.

San Antonio has won two straight and five of the last seven trips to Utah.

Tony Parker averaged 20.0 points and 7.3 assists against the Jazz last season and Tim Duncan posted 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. Derrick Favors paced the Jazz with 18.3 points and 11.8 boards.

The Spurs pushed their record to 15-5 this season after Saturday's 123-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves and were led by Marco Belinelli's 20 points off the bench. Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph scored 18 points apiece and Boris Diaw netted 17 in a reserve role.

"Everything was clicking," Spurs guard Danny Green said. "We moved the ball well."

San Antonio shot 57.3 percent from the floor and were without Parker (hamstring) and top bench player Manu Ginobili (shoulder). Parker, who leads the team in points (16.6) and assists (5.5), is expected to sit another game and Ginobili is questionable. Ginobili is posting 11.9 ppg.

The Spurs are second in opponents' scoring (94.0 ppg) and 8-4 outside the Alamo City, where they'll play two straight versus New York and Los Angeles (Lakers) next.

Utah has two tough games at home versus the Spurs and Miami Heat before heading east for six games against Washington, New Orleans, Miami, Orlando, Charlotte and Memphis.

The Jazz are winless in the past six at home and 3-8 overall at EnergySolutions Arena. In Monday's 101-92 loss at Sacramento, Gordon Hayward scored 19 points, Alec Burks netted 16 and both Enes Kanter and Trey Burke scored 13 points for Utah, which gave up 30-plus points in the second and fourth quarters and made 40.5 percent for the game.

"They made some plays and made some shots, but we weren't able to make the same plays offensively that they were making," Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said.

Snyder is 5-16 in his first season as head coach. The Jazz haven't lost nine in a row since March 4-19, 2005 and dropped a franchise record 18 straight games from Feb. 24-March 29, 1982.