Utah Jazz: Boo D-Will? Randy Foye gives Jazz fans plenty to cheer about
George Frey, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY — A fan-reaction evolution took place inside of EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday night.
Just by showing up, Deron Williams gave some still-bitter spectators a reason to boo.
Randy Foye, on the other hot hand, gave all Utah Jazz fans a reason to cheer.
As the night progressed, those exultations of adulation were far louder than the shouts of scorn.
The cheers were well-earned — for Foye and the suddenly red-hot Jazz.
Foye hit a record-tying 8 of 9 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help the 18,008 fans go bonkers — instead of booing — as the Jazz beat Brooklyn 116-107.
The shooting guard's big night — along with 20-point efforts from Al Jefferson and Mo Williams — allowed the Jazz (38-36) to keep their grasp on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with their fourth consecutive win.
"Ah, man. Honestly, it felt like a video game, really to see him shoot them shots and make them," Jazz center Al Jefferson said. "One shot he took like six feet behind the 3-point line. Wow. He was just on one night. It was good to see him."
Foye entered cheat mode in the third quarter, hitting three triples in a row to put the Jazz ahead for good at 74-65.
Coincidentally, that hot streak came just after the Jazz honored former 3-point specialist Mehmet Okur during a timeout break.
It wasn't the end, either.
Foye finished with five threes in the third quarter alone, tying a franchise record. And he became the second Jazz player with eight treys in a game, joining assistant coach Jeff Hornacek, who did it in 1994 against Seattle.
"I can't even explain the feeling. It feels like your body is numb," Foye said. "You are just out there in your own little world. Once you touch the ball and get an open look, it's like throwing a rock in the ocean."
Foye wasn't the only Jazz player to make ripples in the water.
In continuing their reinvigorated surge, Utah scored 31 points or more in three quarters. The Jazz hit 11 of their first 13 shots and cooled down to only shoot a sizzling 55.6 percent from the field for the game.
It was the second night in a row the Jazz had three players go for 20 or more. Not surprisingly, it was the second straight night Utah won going away, too.
So much for the team that floundered through the end of February and for much of March, losing 11 of 14 games.
"To come back after the win last night in Portland, traveling back to understand where we are this time of year and all that's involved in that, to come out with the focus that these guys had at the beginning of the game, it's pleasing to see," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.
And this was another Jazz game with multiple contributors.
Marvin Williams had a couple of off-balanced heaves during the Jazz's stretch in which they built a 16-point lead and finished with 14 points. Backup big man Derrick Favors punished his old team with 13 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Gordon Hayward contributed eight points, six assists, three steals and three blocked shots, including one that Jazz fans particularly loved — a swat of a D-Will layup attempt.
Remember that fastball Williams threw at Hayward as a rookie?
So do many Jazz fans, who thought that was a nice retribution play.
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