SALT LAKE CITY -- Kawhi Leonard made the go-ahead jumper with 4.9 seconds left and scored 18 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 88-86 on Tuesday night, giving Tim Duncan his 1,000th regular-season victory.
Rodney Hood missed the potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer as Utah fell a half-game behind Dallas for seventh place in the Western Conference. The Jazz remained in the No. 8 slot and a half-game ahead of the Houston Rockets.
Duncan became the third player with 1,000 victories in the regular season, following Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish. Duncan is the career leader in victories with one team.
Hood finished with 23 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter.
San Antonio's bench was the difference-maker, outscoring the Jazz reserves 40-26.
The Spurs used a 19-2 stretch to open a 31-20 lead in the second quarter, but the Jazz didn't roll over. Utah was held scoreless for nearly four minutes to start the second quarter, but responded with a 13-4 run to cut the lead to 35-33.
Spurs went into halftime with a 42-37 lead.
Spurs: Boris Diaw did not play due to a groin injury. ... The Spurs were outscored 33-21 in the fourth quarter.
Jazz: Alec Burks missed his 50th straight game due to a fractured left fibula. Coach Quin Snyder said, contrary to reports, Burks has not been shut down for the season.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich praised Snyder's intelligence before the game. Snyder coached the Spurs' D-League affiliate from 2007-10.
"He's smarter than the rest of us," Popovich said. "That boy is like a bubble machine. He's like the cartoon with little bubbles coming off his head all the time with ideas about lots of different stuff. Some of it I understood and some of it I didn't. ... Intelligent, but isn't full of himself and enjoys people. He was wonderful when he was with us."
Snyder was asked about facing the Spurs at this time of year while trying to hold onto a playoff spot. "That's a mixed bag," Snyder said. "We talked about the opportunity to play great teams and the opportunity to get better. Sometimes that growth is painful. When we played them earlier in the year we were just overwhelmed. Now we're closer to full strength from a health standpoint, so you'd like to think that can have an impact. If Golden State wasn't setting a record right now ... what San Antonio is doing is equally astounding."
Spurs: Visit Golden State on Thursday.
Jazz: Host the Clippers on Friday.