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Jrue takes a 'Holiday' as Jazz whip 76ers

Published: Saturday, Sept. 5 2015 2:14 a.m. MDT

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)

Jrue took a “Holiday” in Utah. At least that’s how it appeared when the Philadelphia 76ers (27-42) played the Utah Jazz (34-36) on Monday night, with the Jazz winning 107-91.

The third year pro out of UCLA didn’t show All-Star status at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. In fact, it was hard to believe he’s the same guy who had a monster left-handed dunk in the 2013 All-Star Game that fueled the East in the middle of the second quarter.

Holiday, along with the rest of the 76ers starters, was benched after just a few minutes of play in the first quarter when the Jazz got off to a quick lead. The Jazz held the All-Star to a scoreless first quarter and took advantage of the lackadaisical defense from the 76ers.

In his previous 10 games, Holiday has averaged 39.3 minutes per game and 15.9 points. After playing just over four minutes in the first quarter, Holiday only saw 20 more minutes the rest of the game.

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)

Over the course of the 2012-13 season, Holiday has averaged All-Star numbers with 18.6 points per game, 8.7 assists per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 38.6 minutes per game.

The Jazz held him to just seven points, one rebound, one assist, and merely 24 minutes of play in their win Monday night. Such a performance makes 76ers fans and Holiday fans in general wonder if the All-Star has given up on the season.

The 76ers fell to 27-43 while the Jazz improved to just under .500 with a record of 35-36. Both teams rank ninth in conference standings for the East and West and are currently out of the playoff run.

Bobby Macey is a social media guru and public relations specialist who works for Ok.com — your family's media guide by day and writes for DeseretNews.com covering the Utah Jazz by night.

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