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Jazz Win Tough at Home
Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Jan 4 2011 @ 12:42 am In Utah Jazz | No Comments
The Utah Jazz played a feisty Detroit Piston team last night, the Pistons fought to the end only to fall to the Jazz 102-97. Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady led the pesky Pistons, Prince had a big game and McGrady barely missed a triple-double. Prince had 26 points, 4 rebound, and 5 assists. McGrady had 11 points, 9 rebound, and 11 assists. The Jazz were led by Deron Williams and Paul Milsap, they both had double-doubles on the evening. Williams had 22 points and 10 assists, while Milsap had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Utah was pretty balanced offensively, all 5 starters finished in double figures. Andrei Kirilenko had 15 points, Raja Bell had 11 points, and Big Al Jefferson had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Jefferson also had 3 blocks, CJ Miles returned this evening and finished with 12 points. Utah did loose the battle on the boards, the Pistons out-boarded them 39-35. Utah’s next game is against the Atlanta Hawks, the game will be another home game for the Jazz. The Jazz are now 24-11, they now have first place in their division with the Thunder only 1 game back. The Atlanta Hawks come into Utah on Wednesday with a 22-14 record, the Hawks play Tuesday night so that record could change going into Wednesday. Atlanta is led by Joe Johnson, Johnson has been dealing with an elbow injury and is just now starting to look like himself. With or without the injury Joe Johnson is a tough cover, Johnson does have help in the form of Josh Smith and Al Horford. Utah needs to bring the balanced scoring from last night into the game against Atlanta. That is one of the few times this season where the ENTIRE starting 5 finished in double figures. Utah needs to be better on the boards, both Smith and Horford do a great job getting rebounds for the Hawks. The Jazz have just won 2 games in a row, I hope they can win on Wednesday to get back into a rhythm and make this 2 game streak into a larger one.
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