Report card: Aided by Burks, Jazz have enough to edge 76ers
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz downed the Philadelphia 76ers 105-100 on Wednesday night, thanks to some late-game heroics from Alec Burks. While it wasn't Utah's best game of the past couple of weeks, it was good enough to get the win in front of the home crowd.
The Jazz rise to 19-33 and ride a three-game winning streak headed into the All-Star break. While this wasn't a stellar win, the Jazz can be proud of their solid play.
Here's a look at Utah's report card against the 76ers.
Gordon Hayward didn't have his best night from the field as he made just 3-of-17 from the field. But he found another way to score as he made 11-of-12 free throws, including two at the end to ice the game. He also filled the stat sheet with seven assists, seven rebounds and two steals. Trey Burke had a sluggish night, finishing 3-of-12, seven points and just two assists. However, Alec Burks was clutch at the end of this game as he scored nine unanswered points after the 76ers tied the game at 91 with 2:10 left in the game. Burks finished with 26 points, 13 from the free-throw line and three steals to save the Jazz.
Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams both had solid nights. Williams finished with 13 points and a season-high 14 rebounds while Jefferson added 12 points and three steals. Jeremy Evans also made a solid contribution off the bench with 10 points and four rebounds. Hard to complain about the effort here.
Derrick Favors left the game midway through the first quarter with a right hip strain and did not return. However, Enes Kanter did a decent job with Favors out, finishing with 12 points and seven rebounds. Rudy Golbert also added four points and two rebounds. Certainly could have been a lot worse with Favors gone.
It wasn't Tyrone Corbin's best game, but his Jazz enter the All-Star break with a three-game winning streak. He put in Alec Burks at just the right time at the end of the game when it seemed that the 76ers just might steal the win, so he certainly deserves credit for that.
Solid game for the referees. While there were a couple of the usual head-scratchers, there wasn't anything particularly egregious. For the most part, the refs got it right.
It wasn't the most inspiring game the Jazz have played in recent memory, but it was enough to get the win. While the 76ers were able to cut into Utah's lead now and again, the Jazz always found a way to pull back ahead. Burks' clutch run at the end of the game was a perfect example of that.
Philadelphia came into this game a bit flat, but slowly built up enough momentum to threaten the Jazz. While the 76ers were able to tie the game with just more than two minutes left, they just didn't have the defense to stop the Jazz and take the win. The starting five, led by Evan Turner's 21 points, all scored 15 or more. However, the Jazz won the battle of the benches 56-10.
Lafe Peavler is a Web sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler
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