Jazz beat Spurs in Aussie-on-Aussie battle

Posted on: February 3rd, 2019 by
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Joe Ingles and Dante Exum have won Australian bragging rights after their Utah Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs of countrymen Aron Baynes and Patty Mills in their NBA clash.


The Jazz won 90-81 on Monday, giving Utah its fourth win in its last five games.

Ingles was the best of the Australians, contributing 10 points, including two three-pointers.

Exum won particular praise from commentators for his defensive efforts on San Antonio superstar Tony Parker.

“Having the defensive mindset, I came in there and tried to put as much pressure on Tony as possible and it make it hard for him,” Exum said after the game.

“He got a bit frustrated and it worked in my favour.”

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans were without three of their top four scorers but still stormed from 18 down to stun the visiting Toronto Raptors 100-97.

“We never gave up,” said Ajinca, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. “We stick to the plan, stay together and keep fighting.”

“A lot of character was being displayed on the floor,” said Pelicans coach Monty Williams after his club’s biggest comeback of the season.

“I saw guys with their heads down but once we started to get our spirit back we began to compete a little more.”

We took care of the boards and got back into the game. It was a total team effort.”

Mike Conley scored 18 points, Jeff Green added 16 and the visiting Grizzlies held off the LA Clippers for a 90-87 win, their fourth in the last five games.

Houston beat Minnesota 113-102, and Chicago defeated Milwaukee 87-71.

Reserve Tony Snell scored 18 of his 20 points in the opening half for the Bulls, and Montenegrin rookie Nikola Mirotic netted 16 with a career-high 14 rebounds.

Luol Deng poured in 29 points for Miami as they beat Philadelphia 119-108.

Brooklyn have flogged Denver 110-82, handing the Nuggets their 16th loss in the last 19 games, including seven straight at home.

Phoenix’s decision to trade Isaiah Thomas came back to haunt them as he scored 21 points for his new team Boston in their narrow 115-110 win over the Suns.

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