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Youth Leads Jazz to W in Season Finale
Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Apr 14 2011 @ 12:42 am In Utah Jazz | 1 Comment
The Utah Jazz only had 8 players at their disposal against the Denver Nuggets, the Jazz didn’t have anything to lose and they played like it. The Jazz beat the Nuggets 107-103 in a barn burner, both teams had no problem scoring and couldn’t stop each other all night!! Utah was led by Rookie forward Gordon Hayward, Hayward scored 34 points!! That is the most points scored by a Jazz Rookie since 1983!! The young fella also contributed 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal! The Nuggets ARE in the playoffs and probably wished they hadn’t played their starters, Ty Lawson went down with a sprained ankle and the playoffs start THIS weekend!! Hayward didn’t do it alone as Al Jefferson hit what turned out to be the game winner with 35 seconds left. Jefferson finished the game as well as the season with another double-double, 17 points and 10 boards!! Denver was led by Wilson Chandler who went off for 27 points, some of Denver’s key players didn’t play in this game. Denver and Utah shot 50% from the field and 80% plus from the charity stripe, the difference was the three point line. Denver shot just 3 of 14 from deep, while Utah hit at a much higher clip going 8 for 15!! Derek Favors got the start tonight due to the litany of injuries the Jazz were suffering from, the kid filled out the stat sheet fairly well. Favors had 12 points, 7 boards, 3 dimes, 3 steals, and 2 blocks!! Devin Harris closed out his first year with the Jazz with 21 points and 6 assists, I’m sure no one was prouder than first year coach Ty Corbin!! It’s been an extremely difficult year and they went out on a high note by winning the last 2 games of the season. This offseason will be vital for the Jazz as they figure out what direction this team is headed in, it will also be just as important if not more for the League. Their is rumors of an impending lockout, how much of the season will be at stake if any and is it possible for the 2 sides to reach an agreement prior to this years NBA Draft?? Many questions will need to be answered as the postseason draws to a close, thank you for reading this blog this year!!
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