The Jazz got 49 points from the bench. They picked off an impressive 16 offensive rebounds and forced 20 turnovers. Although they didn’t shoot as accurately (48 percent to 56 percent), they fired off 19 more shots. They steadily kept up the pressure, building their lead to 13 in the third quarter and 21 with 5:23 left in the game.
So it went against one of the best the West has to offer. It was just one win; the Jazz know that. Twenty-nine games remain.
Somehow the whole thing reminded me of high school and early decisions and long-term choices. It’s been forever since I played with the concert band. But on Tuesday the darndest thing happened. Standing outside the locker room, waiting for the doors to open, I thought I heard music just the same.
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