The Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 109-105 tonight, in Portland. The Jazz are now 2-0 against their Northwest division foes this preseason, and while that is nice in the immediate picture it's not much to hang our collective hats upon. But in the big picture these are the baby steps needed in order for this team to climb their way out of the deep, dark pit they were in the last four seasons. From Jerry Sloan's retirement, Deron Williams' trade, and the lost years of mercenary
coaches veterans . . . things are finally looking up.
Sure, the Blazers don't have much to go for right now, but you can tell that they did want the win. Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and the young players just wanted it more. After being up by two at the half Portland dominated the third quarter 27-22. But that's not how the game ended, it ended in bedlam. More specifically, it ended with a Trey Burke three pointer with 30 seconds left to put the Jazz up by one, and then an Alec Burks layup after missing both free throws with 11 seconds left to put the Jazz up by three. Another Burks free throw later and we have the final score.
The Jazz won the fourth quarter 31-24.
It feels good to win again. And it feels good to be able to actually win games again.
- Trey Burke: 22 points, 7 assists (2 turn overs), 3 threes, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
- Alec Burks: 20 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound, 9 FTA
- Gordon Hayward: 14 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 three
- Enes Kanter: 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist
- Derrick Favors: 19 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist, 1 block, 7 FTA