The Utah Jazz played some of the best basketball seen from them all year on Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz blew past the Phoenix Suns 109-86 and looked like they were actually having a good time on the court.
Fans saw high-flying dunks and phenomenal ball movement as seven Jazz players hit double figures. Jazz forward Gordon Hayward finished the game with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, just one shy of a triple-double after playing 37 minutes.
Trey Burke, Alec Burkes and bench point guard Diante Garrett all played phenomenally against the Goran Dragic-less Phoenix Suns. The Jazz guards ran the offense and looked for each other in transition, making it easy to glide past the Suns on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. Grade: A
Who can complain when Gordon Hayward represents the Jazz forwards by putting together a complete game? Hayward and Richard Jefferson each added 17 points and both had several highlight dunks Wednesday night. Grade: A
It’s clear to Jazz fans why Derrick Favors’ contract was renewed so early in the season. When the Jazz have Favors down low, the team is much more productive on both ends of the court. Favors and Jeremy Evans played big while Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert played like the All-Star break hadn’t ended and they were still on vacation. Grade: B
Coach Tyrone Corbin and his staff deserve credit for helping the Jazz players rise to the occasion and take advantage of the Phoenix Suns, who were playing their second night of back-to-back road games. Corbin even commented to media after the game and said he left Hayward in the game trying to get him a triple-double but ultimately pulled him out to avoid injury and save him for the road trip. Grade: A
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The game wasn’t about to be determined by the referees on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The officials called a fair game and deserve the credit for it. Grade: A
The Suns missed point guard Goran Dragic on Wednesday. Despite an impressive game by Gerald Green, the Suns fell victim to the Utah Jazz in just about every way. Green was seen doing Sports Center top 10 worthy dunks and kept Utah’s crowd entertained despite a blowout. Grade: B-
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