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NBA Final: Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets unable to deal with Randy Foye from deep, Jazz win 116-107

Game #74 • EnergySolutions Arena • Salt Lake City, UT • March 30, 2013 • 7:00 p.m. (MT) • TV: ROOT Sports RADIO: 1280 AM/97.5 FM and 1600 AM ESPN Deportes

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Regular Season 2012-2013, Game 74:

Brooklyn Nets 107 @ Utah Jazz 116

Fifth game in Seven nights, last game of March. #PLAYOFFPUSH


The Basics:

Randy Foye is a streak shooter. He's had his ups. He's had his downs. And tonight he was absolutely without peer as he tied his personal best and the All-Time Jazz record for making 8 threes in a game. Foye went 8/9 from downtown, and finished with 26 points, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Say what you want about streaky guys, but 26 points off of 11 shots is amazing. There's no other way to describe him.

On the other side of the ball, at times Deron Williams looked amazing. I honestly was worried when they made it a 9 points game with about 2 minutes left, because I had seen Deron will his team (our team) to victory so many times. In many ways the Nets played well enough to win. They shot 51.9 fg%, and still managed 15 offensive rebounds. They got to the line, while being the road team, and made most of their FTs. They were getting deflections and had more points in the paint, fast break points, and blocks. They just were sloppy with the ball (17 turn overs, and they usually take care of the ball), and couldn't get the stops down the stretch.

Of course, Foye was shooting out of his mind, and during a crucial stretch in the 4th everything we did worked. Al Jefferson (20 / 7 / 3 / 2 / 2) pulled off a remarkable Dream Shake style move, and finished at the rim all game long. Two Marvin Williams (14 / 6 / 1) prayers went in. And Derrick Favors (13 / 9 / 3 / 1) was getting us a lot of second chance points.

This was a true team effort, and a deserved team win. Everyone contributed. Mo Williams (20 / 4 / 3) kept Deron on his heels to start the game. Paul Millsap (9 / 9 / 6 / 2) just missed a double double . . . in POINTS and ASSISTS. Gordon Hayward (8 / 6 / 3 / 3 / 2) had a Mini-AK game. Alec Burks and Jamaal Tinsley split time as the back up PG, and they made all of their shots and free throws.

Solid team win. We've now won 4 in a row. This season has a lot of Deja vu -- but if we play like a team, play defense, share the ball, and diversify the offense while still getting Big Al shots at the rim (holy cow, that's like ALL OF MY POSTS THIS ENTIRE YEAR IN A RUN ON SENTENCE) -- we may have a different ending in the playoffs than last year.