Mo Williams knocks out the Spurs with a dagger 3

December 13th, 2012 | by Spencer Hall

San Antonio Spurs 96 Final
Recap | Box Score
99 Utah Jazz
Paul Millsap, PF 36 MIN | 10-15 FG | 4-6 FT | 12 REB | 5 AST | 24 PTS | +11

A vintage Paul Millsap game. On the offensive side, his twisting, contorting layups, jumpers, and floaters answered every run the Spurs made. He also picked up the key rebound at the end of the game, leading to the final shot. Stay forever, Paul.

Al Jefferson, C 35 MIN | 10-18 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 21 PTS | -1

Jefferson had his hands full guarding Tim Duncan and when he gave up three quick baskets in the first quarter, it looked like it was going to be a long night. Credit to Al for making things difficult for Duncan for the rest of the game.

Mo Williams, PG 32 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | +7

“No no no no no YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS”

Randy Foye, PG 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -1

In the moments when it seemed like the Spurs were going to run away with things in the first quarter, Foye’s threes kept the Jazz within distance.

Gordon Hayward, SG 29 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 19 PTS | +13

Gordon stepped up in fourth quarter and hit two crucial threes (and 4-6 overall). He also had 5 rebounds in the fourth. It was fun to watch him battle with Manu Ginobili–the reason he chose to wear #20.

Five Things We Saw

  1. This is the kind of game the Spurs seem to ALWAYS win. No team is better in the fourth quarter on the road. After the game, Mo Williams commented on how proud he was that the Jazz didn’t panic every time the Spurs made a big play down the stretch. So many options for San Antonio–and the Jazz forced them to to take tough shots all quarter. Huge, huge win for the Jazz.
  2. “After draining the shot, Williams looked up to make sure there was no time left, then took off running toward the other end of the court only to be mobbed by teammates.

    “It was amazing,” said Millsap, who grabbed the key offensive rebound after Williams’ first miss. ‘It was a big win for us, a big win for our fans, a big win for our whole organization.’” [link]

  3. Chasedown Blocks™ by Gordon Hayward.
  4. The atmosphere and finish was very reminiscent of the famous Sundiata game, which also featured Mo Williams prominently (as a member of the Cavs). Both nationally-televised games against the top team in the league. Both games seemed to be out of hand late and the Jazz found a way to win. Both games featured unbelievable shots and pandemonium in the crowd. Too good.
Spencer Hall
Founder Spencer Hall has covered the NBA, Team USA and NBA D-League since 2007 and launched Salt City Hoops in 2009. Spencer is now the news director at KSL.com
Spencer Hall
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