Jazz win without Jefferson and Favors, offensive explosion leads Jazz over Raptors, 131-99
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz, who rely heavily on their front court for offensive production, didn't seem to miss the absence of Derrick Favors and Al Jefferson against the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Paul Millsap led eight Jazzmen who finished in double figures with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Jazz routed the Raptors, 131-99.
Guards: Mo Williams finished with a double-double on 11 points and 10 assists. Randy Foye had 13 points and hit three of Utah's 13 three-pointers. Gordon Hayward had a solid night off the bench with 17 points and went a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. Jamaal Tinsley, Earl Watson and Alec Burks all played well off the bench as the trio accounted for eight assists and 17 points. GRADE: A
Forwards: Despite early foul trouble, Millsap found a way to perform well and contribute to the 32-point blowout victory. Marvin Williams finished with 14 points on an efficient 5-of-10 from the field including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. GRADE: A
Centers: Without Jefferson, the offensive leader this season thus far, the Jazz could have rolled over and taken a bad loss to a terrible road team. Instead, Enes Kanter took full advantage of his starting roll and finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. He was also a defensive presence down low as he altered several shots. GRADE: A
Bench: The bench play improved dramatically compared to the debacle against Orlando. DeMarre Carroll had a great night off the bench as he dropped 11 points and went a perfect 3-of-3 from the 3-point line. Carroll also brought great defensive intensity off the bench which helped the Jazz recover from an early deficit. Jeremy Evans played a valuable 23 minutes off the bench and finished with 10 points. GRADE: A
Overall: The thoughts of a Utah team winning with both Jefferson and Favors seemed unrealistic, especially since a great percentage of the offense goes through Jefferson and quite often Favors when Jefferson is on the bench. The Jazz made up for it and really showed their depth. Anytime a team shoots around 50 percent from the 3-point line and from the field overall, it should pick up the win and that's exactly what Utah did. It wasn't an exciting team by any stretch of the imagination as Toronto didn't play terribly well for big stretches of the game, but Utah dictated the tempo of the game and made Toronto adjust to their style. GRADE: A
Tyler Huskinson is a freelance journalist who loves to cover sports. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter @TDHuskiSports.
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