Utah stubborn

The Jazz seldom if ever go easily. Down eighteen at one point in the second half, they fought back to within five, but the Thunder weren’t in the mood to give anything away and dispatched the Utahns, 106-94, dropping them to four games back in the Northwest.

Bereft of superstars, the Jazz were more than happy to come from all directions. Six of them hit double figures, and second-year center Enas Kanter had his best game ever: 18 points on 8-11 shooting and seven rebounds — in fifteen minutes. Al Jefferson, quiet in the first half, came alive in the second, winding up with 16 points and 11 boards. Mo Williams played; Marvin Williams got a DNP-CD. Utah hoisted 23 treys, though only seven of them dropped through. They did lead in total assists, though, 24-21. And they tried their darnedest to garner second-chance points, grabbing 21 offensive rebounds. (They had only 19 defensive rebounds.)

Apart from bricking nine free throws for no good reason, the Thunder were hitting well, shooting 52 percent from the floor. (They had one more make than the Jazz, despite taking 17 fewer shots.) As usual, Durant/Westbrook Industries loaded up the net — KD with 25, Russell with 23 and 13 rebounds — and Kevin Martin paced the bench with 19. More surprising, perhaps, was Kendrick Perkins’ line: Perk had 12 points, six boards, and five assists. Apparently Scott Brooks was serious about moving the damn ball, whydoncha. The turnover bug was back — 21 of ’em, eight by Westbrook all by his lonesome — and you have to figure that the team will hear about that on the way to New Orleans tonight.

And hey, being 13-4 after a 1-2 start is nothing to sneeze at. Tuesday, we’re off to see the relocated, rejuvenated Nets.


  1. JT »

    30 November 2012 · 10:21 pm

    Alas, I was watching my girl and her team (middle school) in a close-fought battle with a crosstown rival team in the second round of tournament play. The game was a huge tug of war but the rivals ended up on top 23-21. Considering we were in foul trouble during the last half of the final quarter, they did well.
    Meanwhile, the Spurs on the road got edged out by Miami 105-100, bringing them to a matching 13-4 record.

  2. CGHill »

    30 November 2012 · 11:49 pm

    And bringing them a quarter-million-dollar fine, David Stern being peeved that Pop chose to rest his starters rather than bring them to a game that was on TNT, fercryingoutloud.

  3. JT »

    1 December 2012 · 10:29 am

    The Heat had 4 days rest to prepare for the Spurs and only played one game in over a week and a half, while the Spurs are playing 11 road games in 17 games including 4 games in 5 nights.

    Stern and the NBA schedulers think it’s OK to give them this schedule then have them face the Heat in Miami after they had a week off, but to rest his old players (Duncan and Manu are 34 and 36) before having to play yet another game today (Saturday) against the #1 Grizzlies is “against the best interests of the NBA”???
    I wonder what Stern would have fined the Spurs if they had actually won the game (as they almost did)?

  4. CGHill »

    1 December 2012 · 10:47 am

    Against the best interests of the television market, I suspect.

    And yes, it would have been wondrous if the Spurs had pulled out the win.

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