Notebook: Jazz 140, Raptors 133 (3OT)



Posted Nov 13, 2012 10:08 AM

By Duane Watson, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Utah Jazz (4-4) won their first road game of the season the hard way, beating the Toronto Raptors (1-6) 140-133 in triple overtime at The Air Canada Centre on Monday. The Jazz started their first game of a four-game road trip with a come-from-behind win in Toronto after losing their first four games on the road this season.

The Jazz trailed the game through all four quarters, even as much as 11 in the fourth quarter, but Al Jefferson's second career 3-point basket with 2.4 seconds on the clock sent the game to overtime. Despite both teams trading baskets and DeMar DeRozan with a good look on a fade-away jumper with four seconds left, the game went to a second overtime. John Lucas nailed a clutch 3-point shot with 7.9 seconds left in second overtime to tie the score at 125-125 and Mo Williams lay-up on the ensuing possession fell short, bringing a third extra frame. Gordon Hayward's save on an errant skip pass and tough driving layup with 1:33 left put the Jazz up 136-130 for good.

The Jazz had a balanced attack with seven players in double digits, led by Paul Millsap's 34 points and Jefferson's double-double of 24 and 16 rebounds. Marvin Williams scored 17 and Randy Foye added 20 points off the bench.

The Raptors played well despite missing starters Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson with injuries. DeRozan carried the load with a game-high 37 points and Linas Kleiza picked up the slack offensively with 20 points off the bench. Jose Calderon had a double-double with 20 points and 17 assists, while Amir Johnson had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

QUOTABLE: "By that time we done B.S.'d the whole game, then we finally picked it up and pushed it into overtime, it's time to win it. Its time to pick up our game and come out with a victory, unfortunately it took three overtimes to do it, but we did it."

-- Jazz forward Jefferson.

THE STAT: The Jazz shot 14-for-26 (.538) from the 3-point line including Jefferson's second ever career 3-point basket. Millsap shot 3-for-4 from the 3-point line.

TURNING POINT: Which one? Jefferson's rebound and 3-point jumper to take the game to overtime and Lucas' 3-point shot with 7 seconds left to take it to triple overtime both turned the game. However, Hayward's save on the errant pass and ensuing tough layup with 1:33 left put the Jazz up for good.

QUOTABLE II: "Everybody just played their heart out and we said to each other that we don't want to lose, we want this game even if it takes six overtimes."

-- Jazz guard Foye.

HOT: In only his second game of the season, Kleiza didn't miss a beat. In the first half alone he shot 6-for-10, including 4-for-4 from the 3-point line, for 17 points and 3 rebounds.

NOTABLE: This is the second straight year the Jazz and Raptors have had a multiple overtime game (January 25, 2012, 2OT, Toronto 111, Utah 106).

UP NEXT: For the Raptors; Tuesday @ Indiana, Saturday @ Boston, Sunday vs. Orlando. For the Jazz; Wednesday @ Boston, Friday @ Philadelphia and Saturday @ Washington.