The Roundup—Jazz 86, Pacers 97
By Matt Payne, utahjazz.com
Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 30 points against his hometown team, but the Jazz as a whole were lacking, falling 97-86 on the road to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
Enes Kanter went 7-for-8 from the field for 18 points, while Derrick Favors had 13 points and was the only other Jazz player to reach double digits in scoring.
Roy Hibbert scored team-high 29 points for the Pacers, and A.J. Price, who was signed off the street just a few days ago, finished with 22 points in the win.
Utah took an early lead at 17-11, but the game slowed down (just the way the Pacers wanted it) as neither team was able to find a rhythm on offense. Hibbert had 17 first-half points as the Pacers ended the second quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 47-41 lead.
The Jazz picked up the pace in the second half, opening the third quarter on a 19-4 run to take a 60-53 lead. Hayward scored nine points during that stretch. The Jazz weren’t able to maintain their momentum, though, as the Pacers went on their own 9-2 run to retake the lead.
Down 87-82 midway through the fourth quarter, the Jazz had a chance to make a final push but went six possessions without scoring. That 3:09 stretch sealed the victory for Indiana.
The Jazz were outrebounded for the second straight night. Indiana’s 13 offensive rebounds were especially problematic as the Pacers outshot the Jazz 90-74. It was the second straight night that the Jazz struggled on the glass (Detroit grabbed 18 offensive boards on Sunday).
Coach’s Quote of the Night
“[Giving up] offensive boards has been hurting us. They just got a lot more shots than us. When you work hard and then give up a second shot, and the second shot is usually a good shot—tonight a few of them were threes and put-backs, that makes it tough to win.”
—Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
Who else? Hayward went 11-for-15 from the field (including 2-for-3 from deep) and 6-for-6 from the free-throw line for 30 points, and added eight rebounds, five assists and a block. He just didn’t have much help.
The Jazz made only six 3-pointers (two by Hayward) in 21 attempts, and Trey Burke’s cold shooting continued—the second-year point guard went 1-for-8 from deep, with his only make coming in the fourth quarter.
Block of the Night
With Indiana on a run late in the second quarter, Pacers guard Donald Sloan weaved past Burke on the fast break and went up for a layup ... only to get stuffed by Hayward, who slammed the ball off the backboard for a chase-down block. Hayward then drilled a floater in the lane on Utah’s ensuing possession, marking a quick four-point swing.
The Jazz will stay on the road for a game Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. MT and the game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS.