Fortunately for the Utah Jazz and Gordon Hayward, there was no rust to be found at EnergySolutions Arena. Fresh off the NBA All-Star break, the Jazz soundly defeated a slumping Golden State Warriors team, 115-101, Tuesday night.
After nearly a week away, members of the Jazz roster returned seemingly refreshed and energetic. In a game that could have postseason ramifications, Utah outhustled, outplayed, and in the end, outscored its counterpart from the Bay Area.
Back from his first-ever extended injury, Hayward appeared fresh, aggressive and unphased, producing a 17-point, four-assist night off the bench in just 25 minutes.
Offensive Display: Pitted against a team with a high-octane reputation, the Jazz turned the tables and played with offensive sharpness. Utah head coach Tyrone Corbin had to have been pleased with the effort.
The Jazz scored 26 or more points in each quarter en route to an impressive 115-point outing. Seven players reached double figures and no one played more than 32 minutes. The Jazz also played the role of the aggressor, getting to the line 33 times compared to Golden State’s 24 attempts. Utah’s ball movement was integral to the evening, as it dished out 23 assists (while committing just 11 turnovers).
Perimeter Prowess: The Golden State Warriors are the league’s top 3-point shooting team. Led by a litany of long-distance slingers in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack and Harrison Barnes, the Warriors are a deadly and dangerous team. On Tuesday, however, it was the Utah Jazz who proved to be a handful.
Sure, star guard Curry drained four treys, but all in all, Golden State struggled collectively. The Warriors made just 5 of 17 — a mere 29.4 percent.
Conversely, the Jazz were on fire. Four Utah players hit a two or more trifectas: Randy Foye (3-6), Marvin Williams (2-4), Alec Burks (2-3) and Hayward (2-5). When the final horn sounded, Utah had hit 10 of 21 for a blistering 47.6 percent.
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• Despite having a limited Andrew Bogut and matching up against the large, daunting frontcourt of the Jazz, the Warriors surprisingly won the rebound battle 42-35.
• Every Utah player who saw 19 or more minutes of playing time produced a positive plus-minus mark.
• The two squads’ starters combined for just 15 of the game's 40 assists — six by Golden State and nine by Utah
David Smith provides instant analysis for Deseret News' Utah Jazz coverage. He works for LDS Philanthropies and also blogs for the Utah Jazz 360 website. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at davidjsmith1232.