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Utah Jazz report card: Balanced effort leads Jazz past Philadelphia 76ers

Published: Monday, March 25 2013 9:45 p.m. MDT

Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers' Arnett Moultrie (5) defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City.   (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press) Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers' Arnett Moultrie (5) defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY — The reeling Utah Jazz needed a win at home to end a four-game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive. The Jazz took an early lead and never looked back en route to a 107-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Randy Foye led the Jazz in scoring with 17 points while Derrick Favors finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Seven players finished with double-figure scoring in what was an overall team win.

GUARDS: Mo Williams had an average night, but only played 25 minutes as the game was in hand early for the Jazz. Williams finished with nine points and five assists. Foye reintroduced his potent shooting ability as he finished 3 of 6 from 3-point land. He was 6 of 10 overall. GRADE: A.

FORWARDS: Gordon Hayward played well in 31 minutes as he finished with 15 points and four assists. Paul Millsap played just 22 minutes but stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. GRADE: A.

Utah Jazz's Randy Foye (8) shoots as Philadelphia 76ers' Dorell Wright (4) and teammate Lavoy Allen, right,  defend in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City.   (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press) Utah Jazz's Randy Foye (8) shoots as Philadelphia 76ers' Dorell Wright (4) and teammate Lavoy Allen, right, defend in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)

CENTERS: Al Jefferson played 18 minutes and nearly finished with a double-double in that short span. His 12 points and nine rebounds came on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. GRADE: A.

BENCH: Three players off the bench finished in double figures, led by Favors' double-double. Favors also added three blocks and two assists to his effort. Enes Kanter and Alec Burks finished with 12 points apiece. Kanter added six rebounds to his effort in 25 minutes while Burks pulled down four boards and came up with a steal in 22 minutes. Marvin Williams, DeMarre Carroll and Jeremy Evans finished with two points apiece. The Jazz bench accounted for 43 of its team's 107, which is below Utah's season average. But it was also good to see better production from starters such as Foye. GRADE: A.

OVERALL: The Jazz led the game from start to finish. They hadn't done that since a home victory against the Warriors on Feb. 19. At that point, the Jazz were arguably playing their best basketball of the season and it appeared they may contend for the sixth spot in the playoff race. Despite the downward spiral since then, the Jazz still have eight of their final 12 games at home and are within striking distance of the Los Angeles Lakers. Another bright spot about this win is the Jazz did it on the back end of a back-to-back. The 76ers were also on the back end of a back-to-back and have struggled heavily as of late. The Jazz could have easily mailed the game in and given no effort, but they didn't. At all. GRADE: A.

Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) shoots as Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes, left, and teammates Jeremy Pargo (0) and Lavoy Allen (50) look on in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City.   (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press) Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) shoots as Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes, left, and teammates Jeremy Pargo (0) and Lavoy Allen (50) look on in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)

Tyler Huskinson is a freelance journalist who loves to cover sports. You can reach him at ty.d.hus@aggiemail.usu.edu or follow him on twitter @TDHuskiSports.

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