Utah Jazz big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter started the game off by proving that when given the chance they can be quite the force to be reckoned with. Several strong moves to the basket gave the Jazz an early lead in Wednesday night’s game. That lead didn’t last long after Pelican guards Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday drained a few jump shots from the field and dished out a few smooth passes to center Anthony Davis for some easy buckets. The Jazz ended the first quarter down 22-29.
In the second quarter, Utah struggled to get easy points on the offensive side of the ball and had a difficult time stopping guard Tyreke Evans of the Pelicans as he scored 9 points in only 7:10 of playing time. Collectively, the Jazz allowed the Pelicans to score 26 points in the quarter. Gordon and Evans continued to show off their explosiveness by penetrating to the basket and dishing off the ball to their big men. The Jazz ended the half down 45-55.
The Pelicans didn’t hesitate to keep up the offensive pressure as they scored a quick six points in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Utah went on a few scoring sprees and brought the game within four points. With about three minutes left in the quarter, Jazz guard Gordon Hayward scored a clutch three-pointer to tie the game. Overall, Utah began to show some life and the crowd fed off of it. With high energy in the air, Utah ended the quarter only down 73-77.
With about seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, both teams exchanged several buckets and tied up the ball game at 87-87. With the game on the line, Hayward sank a three to give the Jazz their first lead since the first quarter. Later in the quarter, Favors scored a contested layup to give Utah its largest lead of the night, and with a few more turnovers from the Pelicans and both defensive and offensive rebounds by the Jazz, they were able to seal their first win of the season with a final score of 111-105.
Jonathan Ubri is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho and a digital marketing strategist at Deseret Digital Media. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org