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Utah Jazz 114 Washington Wizards 93 Game Recap: Shelvin Mack has career high 27 in non-sequential revenge game

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Shelvin Mack was drafted by the Washington Wizards in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He had an acceptable rookie season but was waived just seven games into his sophomore sojourn. Because sometimes life is cruel, it was technically the second time the team that drafted him waived him. Tonight with the Utah Jazz he got his revenge, leading all scorers with a new career high 27 points, and powering his new team to a 114-93 victory. This also snapped a two game losing streak for the Jazz, and gave the Wizards their fourth loss in a row. It wasn't just the Shelvin Mack show, but at the end of the day he finished with more points than John Wall, and the win. So that's how I'm going to choose to remember this one.

It wasn't a wire-to-wire victory, but the Jazz assumed control in the first, and never let up.

It's amazing to see what this team can do when they decide to play 48 minutes, instead of 25 minutes spread out over four quarters. The Jazz just flat out made shots in this game, shooting 56.7 FG%, 56.3 3PT%, and most surprising, 76.3 FT%. The free throws were a force multiplier in this game where the Jazz couldn't miss from the field, especially because they got to the line 38 times. I remember when 30+ free throws at home was the regular thing. Today with this team it must be specifically pointed out, our guys played like there was a home court advantage again.

However, this was not a perfect game for the Jazz who still committed 18 turn overs and gave up a number of open threes. Thankfully the Wizards couldn't find the magic from deep, missing 17 shots from there. It was a team win, though, with defensive efforts that we want to see more of. Utah got stops, and found a way to pound a reeling team. It was nice to be on the giving end of this one, and not the receiving end.

Only one player finished with a minus in +/-. and head coach Quin Snyder got to play all active and present players. Even little used center Jeff Withey got in on the act and scored three points in 2 minutes! I didn't watch any of this game, and I hope that's not the key to the Jazz winning in blowouts. (I am superstitious enough to try it for one more game, though.)

  • Shelvin Mack (34 mins): 27 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3/5 shooting from downtown, 11/17 from the field
  • Rodney Hood (34 mins): 14 points, 3/5 from downtown, 4 steals, 1 assist, 1 rebound
  • Gordon Hayward (34 mins): 18 points, 9/10 from the FT line, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
  • Derrick Favors (32 mins): 14 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 6/8 from the FT line
  • Rudy Gobert (28 mins): 6 points (1/1 FG, 4/8 FT), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks

  • Raul Neto (14 mins): 12 points (4/4, 2/2, 2/2, 100% shooting!), 2 assists, 2 steals
  • Chris Johnson (14 mins): 5 points, 3 rebounds
  • Joe Ingles (7 mins): 1 rebound, 2 steals
  • Trevor Booker (16 mins): 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks in a quiet revenge game
  • Jeff Withey (2 mins): 3 points

This was a very solid, and needed, win for the Jazz. And congrats again to Shelvin for his amazing revenge game, career high, and great play.

They Jazz next on Sunday, a road game at the Sacramento Kings.