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Utah Jazz Guard Collin Sexton Plays Bully Ball Early Against Spurs

Dec 26, 2022, 7:06 PM | Updated: 7:12 pm

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Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Collin Sexton saw his opportunity and figured the best path was straight through Spurs guard Tre Jones as Sexton blasted Jones for a layup.

The Jazz (19-16) traveled to Texas where they face the San Antonio Spurs (10-22) in a battle of former Western Conference elites.

With the Jazz searching for offense early against the Spurs, Sexton looked to be aggressive.

After catching and quickly sizing Jones up, Sexton drove straight at the third year guard, bullying his way to the hoop for an easy lay-in.

Sexton leads the Jazz with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.

The Jazz trail San Antonio 31-26 at the end of one quarter.

Jazz Struggling On Road

At first glance, a 19-16 record is pretty good. Especially for a team that was expected to battle for the basement of the western conference like the Utah Jazz.

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Utah has taken care of their home court, winning 12 of 17 games played at Vivint Arena.

It’s been another story on the road.

After beginning the season 5-3 away from Salt Lake, the Jazz are 2-8 in their last ten games on the road. Wins against thankless Detroit and Portland are the only road positives for the Jazz since mid-November.

After facing the Spurs, Utah travels to Golden State and Sacramento before a two-game home stand against the Miami Heat and the Kings.

The team then heads back on the road to face the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, and Memphis Grizzlies.

San Antonio Tank Job

The Spurs opened the season with a surprising 5-2 start through seven games, but have gone just 5-20 in their last 25 outings.

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San Antonio had lost 16 out of 17 contests between November 2 and December 4 before winning three straight over the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Spurs have followed the win streak with a 1-4 record including a blowout 133-113 loss to the Orlando Magic on Thursday.

San Antonio owns the fourth-worst record in the NBA at 10-22.

The Jazz and Spurs are 5-5 against each other since the beginning of the 2019-20 season.

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The Utah Jazz and the Spurs is being televised on AT&T SportsNet and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. It can also be streamed on DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.

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