January 14, 2012
Jefferson helps Jazz spoil D-Will's return
SALT LAKE CITY— Deron Williams received hugs from a 96-year-old usher and his favorite chocolate cookies from a longtime Utah Jazz fan. Otherwise, it was a pretty rough homecoming for the former Jazz All-Star as his former team beat the Nets 107-94 on Saturday night.
For more, read Lynn DeBruin's AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.
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TURNING POINT: The Jazz closed the first half with an energetic 9-0 surge with seven of the points coming in the last 35 seconds of the second quarter. Al Jefferson started the spurt with a turnaround jumper, and Paul Millsap gave the Jazz a spark with a put-back dunk. Raja Bell scored on a fast-break dunk and a layup, with Jefferson blocking a close-range shot by Deron Williams sandwiched in-between. The run put Utah ahead 57-40 going into the break.
GOOD MOVE: The well-rested Jazz knew the Nets would be a tired team after they played one of their best games of the season against Phoenix on Friday night. So Utah attacked, and forced New Jersey to play at a fast pace. The Nets, in their third game of a four-game road trip, couldn't keep up and looked worn out by the middle of the third quarter.
For more, read Anthony Aragon's NBA.com notebook: Click Here
NETS NOTES F Kris Humphries recorded a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds)...Backup point guards Jordan Farmar (13 points, 4 assists) and Sundiata Gaines (11 points) played well off the bench...Five Nets played for the Jazz: Deron Williams, Kris Humphries, Mehmet Okur, DeShawn Stevenson and Sundiata Gaines.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME
|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
18 PTS, 10 REB
8-11 FGs, 2-3 FTs
|On his first game back:
"It wasn’t a very good one for me. It was fun to be back in the building and fun to see all my ex-teammates. And Ty over there."