INDIANAPOLIS — The Utah Jazz didn't win Tuesday night, falling 104-99 to the Indiana Pacers for their second road loss in as many nights.
But they showed something in this one that they didn’t in Monday's embarrassing 99-88 loss to the no-name Knicks.
Fire. Life. Desire.
At least from the midway point in the third quarter until the final horn.
The Jazz found themselves trailing by 21 points at 71-50 after a Danny Granger basket with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter.
Raja Bell hit a 3-pointer, and the comeback was on.
Utah pulled within seven by the end of the third, and the visitors kept the momentum going into the final period.
The Jazz even took the lead — completing a 22-point turnaround — on two Josh Howard free throws with just under eight minutes remaining.
Indiana and Utah traded leads for a while before the Pacers took control down the stretch.
Granger hit a jumper with under a half-minute remaining to put the Pacers up by five points.
Devin Harris responded with a bucket, trimming the lead to three with 17.9 left.
A night after the Jazz got torched by New York point guard Jeremy Lin (28 points), Pacers playmaker Darren Collison burned Utah for 25 points.
Granger finished with 16, including a pair of clutch free throws with 10.6 seconds remaining.
Roy Hibbert also had 17 for Indiana, which improved to 17-7.
Paul Millsap bounced back from a rough night in New York to lead the Jazz with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Al Jefferson added 16 points, C.J. Miles had 12 points and Indiana native Gordon Hayward had 11 points in his second game back in his hometown.
Halftime Quick Take
INDIANAPOLIS — The Utah Jazz are getting torched by another point guard on the road.
A few more fans might recognize this one, though.
Indiana's Darren Collison has 17 points at the half to pace the Pacers to a 57-46 advantage at the break at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.10 comments on this story
Al Jefferson leads the Jazz with 12 points, but he has his hands full with Indiana center Roy Hibbert, who also has 12 points.
Hometown hero Gordon Hayward has played tough defense against Indiana's leading scorer, Danny Granger, even holding him scoreless in the first quarter. The former Brownsburg High School and Butler star has four points on 2-for-5 shooting against his childhood team.