Game Recap: Nets 88 – Jazz 98

Game Details

9:00 PM ET, November 17th, 2010
Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

1 2 3 4 Final
NJ 25 22 23 18 88
UTA 24 29 24 21 98

Top Performers
New Jersey: A. Morrow 24 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk
Utah: P. Millsap 19 Pts, 15 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

ESPN.com Box Score

Recap

The Jazz showed flashes of the kind of offense that could run on a regular basis last night, a result I feel came from the sense that most of the guys on the roster really are starting to understand what is expected of them and what they should be doing so that Williams can see them/give them the ball.

Still, it wasn’t exactly a walk in the park.

The Nets dominated the Jazz when it came to rebounding the ball (57 to 44), and held the Jazz to a poor shooting night (40.3% from the field, including 1 of 12 from the three point line). At no point did the Jazz have a dominate lead on the Nets, and it felt as though they could have fought back into it through most of the game.

It was Raja Bell who played the role of closer last night. He hit a 16-footer on an expiring shot clock with 2:03 left in the game. This gave the Jazz a 93-86 lead and directly lead to the win. It was a good night for Bell, who finished 6-14, resulting in 15 points. This after missing the Thunder game due to injury.

All five Jazz starters ended with double digit points, and everyone who came in off the bench scored (Evans and Fesenko did not play).

There is clearly still work to be done, but last night’s game probably gave fans the best view of what this game can become if everyone stays on the same page.

P.S. Be sure to watch the highlights to see a nice dunk from the rookie Hayward.

Game Quotes

Jerry Sloan

“We had to play a pretty good game to be able to beat them. I thought they stayed in there, they’re well coached, they did everything they could to get in the game. They missed some shots, and fortunately we made our free throws around the stretch.”

“They run an awful lot of pick-and-rolls, as much as anybody, and we got beat a few times, but I felt like we were much better than what it was the other night in the ball game. And that’s what we’ve got to do, to try and continue to make improvements. The big guys have got to get themselves up there to give some help. Because that’s why teams run pick-and-rolls. To get big guys involved.”

Deron Williams

“We can still get better, a lot better defensively but we did good. The pick-and-rolls they ran we did a pretty good job keeping them out of the lane.”

On Hayward’s dunk…

“It was nice. He came in off that right leg.”

Andrei Kirilenko

“If you take a look at the stats, we’re one of the best teams in the NBA for sharing the ball. Everybody played very unselfish; roll the ball fast, getting the extra pass for the open shooter. Tonight I think everybody [was] at the same level [offensively].”

Quotes from the Salt Lake Tribune

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~ by djepperson on November 18, 2010.

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