The Utah Jazz responded to an under performance in the last few games, losing four of their previous five games, by defeating the Brooklyn Nets 108-86. Brooklyn started off tough, going into Brook Lopez and trying to lead the Jazz to 'one of those nights'. However, Utah went on a run to finish off the first and make it just a 23-22 game. Utah did not look back after the first quarter -- they won the second 26-17, and obliterated the Nets in the third 37-17. That was really all she wrote with the fourth quarter was purely academic. It was a great shooting night for the Jazz, who went 43/75 from the field (57.3 FG%) and were using a laser scope from distance, shooting 9/16 (56.3%). Effectively, the Jazz 'had one of those nights' that our opponents earlier in this season have had -- specifically, one where they just don't miss. The Jazz even went 13/15 from the free throw line, you can tell that this was a rare game.
On the other side of the court, the Nets did not shoot well at all, and didn't put up much of a fight. They only had six offensive rebounds, and didn't really hustle all night long -- the opposite of what the New York Knicks did the previous game where they kept hitting the glass and hitting the floor for loose balls.
Utah had seven players in double figures, including all five starters. Gordon Hayward led everyone with 21 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal. He went 3/4 from three, and only finished with 3 turn overs! Woo!
Gordon Hayward with the handles https://t.co/SrnoddsB3K— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) January 23, 2016
Rodney Hood added 16 points (7/7 from the free throw line), five rebounds, and 1 assist. Trevor Booker had a double double off the bench with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Book even hit a three! Trey Lyles, Rudy Gobert, and Raul Neto all had 10 points as starters. Trey Burke continues to shoot well, scoring 12 points from 4/7 shooting, and 2/3 from deep.
Overall, this game was a must win after dropping the first two on the road trip.
Utah was scheduled to play next, tomorrow, at the Washington Wizards. That game is scrapped, and I don't have the final word on when they are going to play it. I've heard a lot of conflicting information on the subject.