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Jazz Win 1st Game Sans Williams Thanks To Bigs
Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Feb 25 2011 @ 10:01 pm In Utah Jazz | No Comments
Tyrone Corbin just got his first win as the Head Coach of the Utah Jazz, they had yet to win before tonight. This was also Utah’s first game without All-Star Point Guard Deron Williams, the 2 players acquired in that trade did make their debut tonight. Devin Harris and Derrick Favors didn’t start, but they did get playing time in their first game. Utah beat the Pacers 95-84 thanks to the GREAT contributions of their front line. Andrei Kirilenko really stuffed the stat sheet tonight with 14 points, 6 boards, 3 dimes, 2 steals, and 1 block. Milsap went off with a MONSTROUS double-double, 23 points and 18 rebounds!! Big Al Jefferson didn’t do too bad himself filling the box score with 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks!! Utah’s frontline bothered Pacers center Roy Hibbert all night, Hibbert had 14 points and 8 rebounds yet he only shot 6 of 16 from the field. Utah beat the Pacers on the board 56-46, the Jazz starting back-court did struggle. Raja Bell and Earl Watson combined for just 2 points, fortunately for them Devin Harris had a productive debut. Harris came off the bench to score 14 points, grab 5 rebounds, and drop 7 dimes in his 29 minutes of playing time. Derek Favors recieved 15 minutes of playing time and had 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 block. Harris did have 5 turnovers in his debut, I’m sure that will get better as we go forward. One interesting piece of news from this game, the Jazz didn’t hit 1 THREE POINTER at all!! Utah’s record is now 32-17, last post I had said that we would find out after the trade deadline what direction the Jazz were headed in. Well, they are going to compete this season as they didn’t make any more moves. Utah is 5.5 games back in the division, maybe this win was the first of many to come!! Utah’s next game is tomorrow night in Detroit, I wonder which players will suit up for the Pistons. They had a mini-protest staged by several players before a recent practice, definitely worth the time researching!!
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