Game 64: Orlando Magic 107 @ Utah Jazz 117
To be perfectly honest, in the 4th quarter some of the things that were happening made me very, very nervous. I'm super happy the Jazz won this game, and got a lot of practice dealing with the pick and roll. I also love that our *really big* lineup is getting more practice together. Devin Harris, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, and Al Jefferson are just too big. You can't use that lineup all game long. And you can't use them against every team. But if the Jazz are going to win a few playoff games (and it's increasingly looking like we'll make it! Yaay!), this line up is going to have to take advantage of their size.
Like they, honestly, did not do in this game. Orlando had 15 offensive rebounds, and for the game were -1; but that final margin was a product of overtime where we got all the boards.
We're not a perfect team, and damn this was a good win that we needed to get.
The Boxscore shows all the good bits. Big Al had a double double. Favors had a double double. Millsap was 1 board shy of a double double. He also had 4 steals. Big Al had 3 steals. , Those three guys combined for 4 assists. WHen Kanter was in he went 4/5 and 1/1 from the FT line. They did not dominate, but our inside strike force is why we won this game.
Hayward and Harris gave the rest of the bigs enough help, including back to back threes in overtime. Those were the daggers.
This Orlando club was out gunned, smaller, and on the road -- but they played with a lot of heart and you gotta give them respect. Their best player is screwing them over, and screwing his own team mates over. Yet they still went out there, played their hearts out, and took us to overtime. I'm happy we won. But I'm not blind to their bind.
Orlando took 38 three pointers. Wow.
Two more games to go.
Go Jazz Go!