SALT LAKE CITY — The Golden State Warriors embarrassed the Jazz at home the day after Christmas this season. That was not the case Tuesday night, however, as the Jazz routed the visiting Warriors, 115-101.
Al Jefferson scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures. With the victory, the Jazz move into a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
GUARDS: Jamaal Tinsely had an average night offensively with four points and five assists to go with three steals. The veteran guard played very clean basketball as he did not commit one turnover on the night. After a slow start in the beginning minutes of the game, Randy Foye brought a spark and finished with 15 points. He also hit several key shots to keep the Warriors from making a run. GRADE: A.
FORWARDS: Mr. Reliable, Paul Millsap, put up 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while swingman Marvin Williams had an outstanding game with 11 points. Williams' career average is 11 points per game, but his production has been up and down — mostly down — this season. GRADE: A.
CENTERS: Jefferson had his way offensively with the Warriors and even showed some defensive improvement. Jefferson showed he can actually come out on the pick and roll and make it back to his defensive assignment. Jefferson finished the game with a team-high three blocks. GRADE: A.
BENCH: Gordon Hayward played his first minutes in February after missing 10 games from an injury incurred against the Indiana Pacers, and it looked as if Hayward didn't miss a beat. Hayward played 25 minutes and poured in 17 points to go with four assists, three rebounds and two blocks off the bench. Hayward wore a protective sleeve over the rehabilitated shoulder but still remained aggressive on both ends of the floor. Derrick Favors continued his strong play with 14 points in 21 minutes, while Alec Burks continues to make a case that he should be at least the second option at point guard. Burks finished with 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. GRADE: A.
OVERALL: The Jazz handed the Warriors their sixth consecutive loss and gained ground in the playoff hunt. Despite the Warriors' recent slide, it is still impressive how the Jazz took care of business. They are 12-2 at home since the beginning of the calender year. The Jazz will have until the weekend to rest. They will then face the Los Angeles Clippers on the road, a team they have struggled against all year with close losses. GRADE: A.
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