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Milsap Powers Jazz Past Grizzlies

Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Jan 2 2011 @ 12:33 am In Utah Jazz | No Comments

The Memphis Grizzlies put up one heck of a fight while missing their best player, Rudy Gay missed last night’s game due to a stomach virus. You would think with Gay missing that Memphis wouldn’t be as tough to beat, well the Grizzlies gave the Jazz all they could handle. Well to be fair the Jazz were short handed as well, Okur and Miles were held out for this game as well. The Jazz managed to rally from an 8 point deficit to leading by 13 at one point, the Grizzlies just wouldn’t go away. Utah held on to beat the Grizzlies 98-92, Paul Milsap did a lot of the dirty work and the heavy lifting for the Jazz. Milsap finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, and countless hustle plays. The Grizzlies were led by Milsap’s counterpart Zach Randolph, Randolph finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds. Utah’s second unit did a great job once they entered the game, they injected life into their team and built that 13 point lead. The starters were mostly responsible for giving up that lead, the Jazz just HAVE to figure out a way for their starters to play with energy at the START of games!! An interesting trend has occurred the past couple of games, rookie Gordon Hayward (part of the 2nd unit) is now staying ON the court in the 4th quarter while Andrei Kirilenko sits. Hayward played a great game last night tallying 13 points and 4 rebounds, Hayward was big down the stretch grabbing rebounds and getting open. Deron Williams didn’t have a great night in terms of passing the ball, but he did finish with 19 points and 5 assists. The Jazz move to 23-11, tied with Oklahoma City for first in their division. The next game is a home game against the visiting Detroit Pistons, hopefully Utah’s starters will actually get off to a good START!!

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