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The Roundup-Jazz 93, Raptors 101
The Utah Jazz led for nearly 45 minutes Thursday night before Toronto caught fire late and pulled out a 101-93 win at the Air Canada Centre.
The Jazz (22-15) have now lost two straight games (on the road to two of the Eastern Conference's top teams).
Shelvin Mack led the Jazz with 17 points, while Gordon Hayward (16 points) and Rudy Gobert (15 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks) also scored in double figures.
Kyle Lowry—just like he did on December 23 in Salt Lake City—buried the Jazz, scoring 28 of his game-high 33 points in the second half. DeMar DeRozan added 23 points for the Raptors (24-11), while Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points in the win.
After a rough outing in Boston on Tuesday, Mack led the way for the Jazz. He sank his first five shots and finished with 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting. He added four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes.
The Jazz led by eight points with 7:15 left in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors closed the game on a 24-10 run. Lowry sank two 3-pointers and then converted a three-point play; DeRozan gave the Raptors their first lead of the night (at the 3:44 mark) with a jumper from the wing; and Valanciunas sealed it with a (lucky) tip-in with just under a minute left.
The Raptors won this game by protecting the ball—and by taking advantage of Utah's carelessness. The Jazz committed 19 turnovers, which led to 27 Toronto points. The Raptors only turned the ball over four times, which led to five Utah points.
The Jazz shot 49.2 percent from the field in the first three quarters but went cold down the stretch, shooting only 35.7 percent (5-for-14) in the fourth quarter.
Coach's Quote of the Night
"It's tough to win when you turn the ball over. That's what happened tonight. We weren't tough enough with the ball. ... Turnovers aren't something you work on. They're just something you do or you don't do. And you've got to not do it."
Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
Toronto grabbed 21 offensive rebounds (to Utah's 12) and outscored the Jazz 19-11 on second-chance points. ... The Jazz shot 85.7 percent (18-for-21) from the free-throw line. ... George Hill (laceration, concussion-like symptoms) was the only Utah player out with injury. Alec Burks (ankle) played in his second game of the season (and scored four points in four minutes), while Danté Exum (knee) returned from a seven-game absence.
The Jazz will travel to Minnesota for a game with the Timberwolves on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. MT, and the game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS.