The triple take: Jazz 126, Spurs 94

When the Spurs’ charter finally departs Salt Lake City on Thursday morning, they will be glad to have Utah behind them.

The Jazz jumped on the Spurs early Wednesday, rolling to a 126-94 victory at Vivint Arena that more or less had coach Gregg Popovich emptying his bench in the first half.

For those scoring at home — and the Jazz certainly were — it marked the second straight lopsided defeat for the Spurs in Utah.

The Spurs dropped their two-night stand in Salt Lake by a combined 41 points.

Wednesday’s game was worse than the 110-99 decision the Spurs rallied to make respectable two nights earlier.

Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points off the bench while Bojan Bogdanovic added 24 for Utah. The two combined to go an efficient 22 of 28 from the field.

The Spurs could never get on track or even seem to muster the energy to attempt it.

With 10:14 still remaining in the second quarter, the Spurs watched … and watched … and watched … as Joe Ingles buried the most-open 3-pointer of his season.

That put Utah ahead by 20.

Popovich went deep into his bench after that, waving the white flag early.

As a result, the Spurs’ leading scorer was Luka Samanic, who had a season-best 15 points off the bench in 24 minutes.

Rookie Tre Jones logged his season best with 11 points and three assists in 24 minutes.

The Spurs’ youngsters…

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