NEW YORK — Utah Jazz 4, Deron Williams 1.
For the first time since he was shipped off to New Jersey 2 1/2 years ago, Williams’ team earned a positive result against his old squad Tuesday night.
In a game that was competitive for less than a New York minute, the work-in-progress Jazz were blown out 104-88 by the $100 million Brooklyn Nets at $1 billion Barclays Center.
Asked if getting that first victory over Utah made the win even better, Williams admitted, "It definitely does." The victory was also Nets bench boss Jason Kidd's first as a head coach. He'd been suspended for a DUI when Brooklyn won last week.
Utah didn't come close to its first win.
“We just had a rough night,” Jazz power forward Derrick Favors said. “We couldn’t get into a rhythm.”
More disturbing and relevant to the current Jazz is the 2013-14 season’s scoreboard:
Opponents 4, Jazz 0.
“Losing hurts,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. “It should hurt.”
By opening up with four consecutive losses, the Jazz matched the worst start in the Utah portion of franchise history. The 1979-80 team also lost its first four games before reaching the win column.
“We’ve just got to be mentally strong about it,” Favors said after only totaling six points and five rebounds against his first NBA team. “We’ve just got to move on to the next game and keep playing.”
The Jazz have their best chance of this road trip to pick up a victory Wednesday when they visit the 0-4 Boston Celtics.
“We’ve got to come fight and keep working and try to get better and win a game and feel good about ourselves so we can move from there,” Corbin said. “But it’s not just going to happen. We’ve got to make it happen.”
The Jazz didn’t show that desire and effort Tuesday.
Utah fell behind by as many as 26 points with a discombobulated offense while getting shredded apart on the interior by Nets big man Robin Lopez (27 points).
Not a good combo for a Utah team that had at least been competitive in its first three losses this season.
“It’s four losses for us in the first four games,” Corbin said. “But, you know what, nobody’s going to feel sorry for us.”
Least of all Williams, who was traded to the Nets in 2011 when the Jazz began this ongoing reconstruction process by acquiring Favors, two first-round picks (Enes Kanter and one that helped them trade for Trey Burke), Devin Harris and $3 million.
"It's good to finally beat them," Williams said. "It's a rebuilding year for them, but I'm happy to beat them."
Hampered this year by a nagging ankle injury, the two-time All-Star point guard reached double figures in scoring for the first time this season against the Jazz, who only have two players (Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans) remaining from the team he was on.
D-Will finished with 10 points and eight assists for the Nets, who improved to 2-2.
Another old Utah guy, Andrei Kirilenko, added six points and five rebounds.
But this game felt like it was already over when AK-47 was subbed in just eight minutes in.
Brooklyn, now featuring Grumpy Old Man Kevin Garnett, all-around standout Paul Pierce and a cast of other talented players, scored the first seven points. The Nets had a double-digit lead less than five minutes into the contest and took a 54-38 lead into the locker room.
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