Game Recap: Jazz 96 – Bobcats 95

Game Details

7:00 PM ET, November 13th, 2010
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte NC

1 2 3 4 Final
UTA 13 20 30 33 96
CHA 28 21 24 22 95

Top Performers
Utah: A. Jefferson 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk
Charlotte: N. Mohammed 22 Pts, 20 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Blk Box Score


This run has been incredible.

The Jazz came back again, this time after a 1st quarter that featured them 6 for 20, and having given up 5 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks to Nazr Mohammed. The Jazz were down 15 to start the 2nd quarter. Williams was sidelined through most of the 2nd due to a tightened calf muscle, but the Jazz did start to pick up, at least insomuch as they were able to keep even with the Bobcats offense. They went into the break down 16.

You can probably already guess what happened next.

The Jazz kicked up the effort on defense while moving the ball more effectively on the offensive side. In this case, that shifted seemed to take the form of making things incrementally hard for Mohammed to get open looks. Don’t get me wrong, he continued to be a factor, but the Jazz started to do a better job with rebounds and made sure that he was kept fairly well in check down the stretch.

The Jazz brought it back to a 10 point deficit by the end of the 3rd, and within 5 points with 8 minutes to go, thanks to Miles, Watson, Price and Fesenko.

Once again, as with each of these games, the Jazz second squad was key to launching the comeback, both by forcing the opposing teams to struggle and cutting into the lead. I know its early in the season to make claims like this, but I content that the Jazz’ second unit is among the better second units in the league.

This may prove to be a huge advantage for the Jazz since season, in that it may force other teams to send in their starters sooner than expected and give some additional minutes for Williams, Jefferson and Bell in particular.

Williams, Jefferson, Millsap and Kirenlinko checked back in at the 7:24 mark, and notched away at the Bobcat lead. Jefferson hit a lay up from an AK assist at the 2:30 mark to tie the game, and hit a subsequent free throw to give the Jazz a 1 point lead.

After that, it was a game of back-and-forth, with Williams coming up with a big block and following that up with a big game winning teardrop layup with 0.8 seconds remaining.

This week, Jazz will face the Thunder on Monday, the Nets on Wednesday and the Spurs on Friday, then head to Portland to face the Fail Blazers on Saturday night.

Game Quotes

Deron Williams

“We haven’t panicked — we just keep fighting, we know we’ve still got a chance. When we’re down 20, we talked about getting it down to 10. When we got it down to 10, we were like, ‘Let’s get it going.’ So we did.”

“I don’t know man. We got to figure out what’s going on in the first half. It’s just two different teams out there.”

Jerry Sloan

“I thought they played well, they pass the ball well, they shoot the ball, it’s a tough match up for us.”

“Basketball is a funny game. You’re up one day and down the next. That’s why you always try to tell players ‘don’t play backwards, just play forwards.’”

Quotes from the Salt Lake Tribune

~ by djepperson on November 14, 2010.

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