SALT LAKE CITY — With former Jazzman Deron Williams in the house and playoffs on the line, the Jazz went into assassin mode to push their win streak to three. Randy Foye led the way with 26 points, shooting an unconscious 8-of-9 from 3-point range and 9-of-11 overall to lead the Jazz over the Nets 116-107. Deron Williams finished with 21 points and 11 dimes in his return to EnergySolutions Arena while Brooke Lopez led the Nets with 27 points and seven boards.
Guards: Mo Williams had a great night Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers, and that solid play carried over against Brooklyn. He finished with 20 points and four assists while pulling down three rebounds. Considering the slump that ailed Foye after the All-Star break, his 26-point performance was an emphatic return to success for the sharp shooter. GRADE: A+
Forwards: When Gordon Hayward isn't particularly needed on offense, he fills up the stat sheet other ways and makes his presence felt. Hayward finished with eight points, six assists, three steals, three blocks and two rebounds. Hayward's ability to block one-on-one transition buckets is always a difference maker, and he did it against the Nets. Paul Millsap nearly finished with a triple-double on the night. The small forward put up nine points to go with nine assists and six rebounds. GRADE: A
Centers: Brooke Lopez is a solid player and very difficult to handle. Despite Al Jefferson's documented deficiencies, he did a decent job defensively on Lopez. Lopez scored a game-high 27, but most of those points came late in the game when the Jazz had the victory in hand. Jefferson finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks. GRADE: A
Bench: Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors led the bench in scoring with 14 and 13 points respectively. Favors flirted with a double-double as he pulled down nine boards. Marvin Williams finished with six rebounds and a steal on the night. Alec Burks received little playing time due to the hot hand of Foye as he finished with two points in six minutes. Jamaal Tinsley finished with four points, two steals and two assists in 18 minutes and showed some defensive toughness that has been lacking as of late. GRADE: B
Overall: The Jazz played an even first 24 minutes with the Nets before putting on the defensive clamps in the third quarter. The Jazz outscored the Nets 31-20, led by Foye's 3-point shooting, in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The Jazz showed energy and toughness against one of the better teams in the East, and they did it on the back end of a home-and-away back-to-back. GRADE: A
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