Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward finds his shot in the second half

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 31 2012 6:32 p.m. MST

Utah's C.J. Miles hangs on to the rebound as Portland's Gerald Wallace tries to knock it away during Monday's game at EnergySolutions Arena.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward's shot was wayward in the first half, when he went 0-for-8 and missed several layups.

But he was 3-for-4 in the second half and helped ignite the Jazz's 93-89 comeback victory over Portland with a layup and 3-pointer in the third quarter.

Hayward scored all 12 points in the second half.

"I just kind of pictured it as a new game. Just go out there and forget about he first half," he said. "What happened then doesn't matter now. Just go out there and fresh start."

Getting — and making — an easy bucket helped get his mojo back.

"Any time you can see the ball go in, it gives you a lot more confidence, the basket gets a little bit bigger," the second-year player said. "Then I stepped into a three and knocked that down and started going from there. It was really good to get going."

MISC.: The Jazz used their fourth starting lineup with Devin Harris, Hayward, Howard, Paul Millsap and Favors. . . . Millsap recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and a season-high 15 rebounds. . . . Utah outrebounded Portland 51-37.

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