A dismal second quarter and poor shooting overall led to a home loss as the Utah Jazz dropped a 94-79 decision to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in Salt Lake City.
Marvin Williams's eight early points helped the Jazz to a 27-24 lead in the first quarter, but the Raptors turned the tide on hot shooting from DeMar DeRozan and John Salmons. Utah missed multiple long-range shots, leading to a 55-44 halftime lead for Toronto.
The poor shooting continued in the second half from both teams, with Trey Burke and Gordon Hayward misfiring and several turnovers. The Raptors maintained close to a double-digit lead until early in the fourth quarter, when a Brandon Rush three-pointer and five quick points from Alec Burks closed the gap to 73-70.
But the Raptors, led by DeRozan, went on a 13-6 run to push the lead back to 86-76 and put the game out of reach for the Jazz.
Marvin Williams led the Jazz with 23 points and eight rebounds, and Alec Burks added 20 points. DeRozan had 23 to lead the Raptors.
I'll be honest...I didn't watch all of this game, so I'm not gonna do positives and negatives. Suffice it to say that Marvin and Burks were the only guys that played anything close to well, and Trey Burke and Gordon Hayward shot especially badly, including a combined 0-9 from long range. Yuck.
The Jazz have a break now until Friday, when they visit Dallas to face the Mavericks.