One word crossed Al Jefferson’s lips in a muted tone when he was asked to describe what had just happened to him and the Utah Jazz on the AT&T Center court.


The night was inexplicable for Paul Millsap — the worst he’d ever been part of during his NBA career. “Tough” was the description Gordon Hayward uttered a few times. Devin Harris admitted it was “a little demoralizing.”

Game 2 was SOOOOO BAD for the Jazz, even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich kind of came to their defense.

The Jazz were hounded, hammered and humiliated by San Antonio — and that was just the first half. When the final buzzer finally blared its merciful sound, the Jazz were on the extremely short end of a 114-83 rout Wednesday night.

The Spurs — after beating the Jazz by an average of 23 points in their first two playoff games — will take a 2-0 series lead into Utah for Game 3 on Saturday night.

“We had a good night. They had a poor night,” Popovich, the 2012 NBA coach of the year, said. “This was just a matter of them having a bad, bad night. … It happens to all of us.”

– Reported by Jody Genessy of the Deseret News