2013 Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League: Jazz Thrash Nets
ORLANDO– The Utah Jazz rested prized rookie Trey Burke on Wednesday and still had more than enough firepower to shred the winless Brooklyn Nets and rookie head coach Jason Kidd.
Behind strong play from forwards Jeremy Evans, Chris Roberts and Alec Burks, Utah built a 22-point lead in the first half and rolled to a 98-69 defeat of the Nets.
The game ended in partial darkness as the lights went out with six-tenths of a seconds remaining. The teams waited five minutes for the lights to warm back up and then restarted the game’s final second in a semi-glow.
The result kept Kidd winless as the coach of the Nets’ summer league team. Kidd, who retired from the New York Knicks as a player last month, is using the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League as a time to sharpen his skills as a rookie head coach. But because he has a summer league roster light on players with NBA experience, Kidd has yet to enjoy his first victory as a head coach.
Nets GM Billy King said before Wednesday’s game that Kidd might not coach Thursday and Friday’s games so that others on the staff can gain some experience while guiding the summer league squad. He joked that the media has too closely watched how much Kidd has been leaning on former Nets and Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank, who is working as Kidd’s lead assistant.
Burke, who was drafted ninth overall in the draft but traded from Minnesota to Utah on draft night, was held out for rest. The 6-foot-1 point guard has made just six of 27 shots and one of 10 3-point tries in two games.
Chris Wright made eight of 13 shots and three of five 3-pointers to lead the Nets with 20 points.
Evans scored 14 of his 15 points in the first half as the Jazz (2-1) shot 50 percent from the floor, hit three 3-pointers and got to the free throw line 17 times (with 14 makes). By contrast, the Nets shot just 37 percent in the opening two quarters and turned the ball over 12 times in the first half.
Burks, Utah’s leading scorer in three games at 14.0 ppg., poured in another 14 points. Chris Roberts had 15 points as the Jazz led 51-29 at the half and took a 27-point lead into fourth quarter.