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Published: Friday, Feb. 4 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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American Fork, UT

This is a game in which everybody on the jazz came to play tonight. Dwill, Al Jefferson, and Raja Bell espeically lit it up for the team. Keep up the good work jazz and let's continue winning games!

Captain L
Provo, UT

When the Jazz play with the intensity and energy they played with tonight they have a chance to beat anyone. Hopefully they realize that and can come out with that intensity tommorow night.

Santa Ana, CA

We may mark this date tonight as a turning point to the season and I sure hope so. Congrats to the team for showing character, fortitude, and fighting spirit, literally, last seen in November and December.

Fes and Hayward picked on brutally for phantom fouls. In Fes case maybe the last 2. DWIL going into JR Smith showed leadership. Watson had 8 points, 6 boards, 6 assists, 1 turnover. Evans 3-4 good job 8. Raja picked up slack as Paul had off night nailing 20 points and playing defense.

AJ AND DWIL what can you say. AJ hit critical shots in the 4th quarter to secure the lead. Dwil 26 and 12 big 3s in the first half and really challenged the Denver defense.

Lets hope this momentum carries into another tough game vs The Thunder tomorrow, a big game. At least we moved up to 6 seed

It was good Jerry got on the court, it was like a time capsule the days when it was really proud to be a Jazz fan. This team tonight overcame much to win this game, congratulations.

Murray, UT

Yeah I liked this game a lot. I'm glad D-Will took some time off for the injury...gave a different perspective and they really need to go out and have fun.
If they play like they did tonight, then they're a sure contender. It could even be better...but still a very good effort

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

Watson and Dwill playing together seemed to work.

Not a bad game against a good team on their home court.

Tokyo, Japan

@CJ Miles....

if you have done your homework...you could be proud of your boy...CJ has scored 13 or more points in 6 of the last 7 games...shooting 41% in those 7 games...the Jazz...are 19-4 when he scores 13 or more points...this is how you prove your guy is doing something right...but...im still not sold...he is still...just a role player to me...im just giving credit where credit is due...i'd want aaron afflalo on a jazz uniform though...

Tokyo, Japan

speaking of giving credit where credit is due...lets give credit to Al Jefferson and Raja Bell...they had a monster game against denver..

Salt Lake City, Utah

Deron Williams is an amazing player! Go Jazz! All the way!

Ogden, UT

The biggest lesson to learn from this win is that the NBA season is twice as long as it should be.

It's absolutely irrational to think that even skilled and physically fit athletes at the beginning of a season can endure the ridiculous riggers of an 82-game season and not pay an absolutely irrational price in terms of their physical (and probably mental) health.

I for one am tired of hearing claims about how sports competition, when extended to the extreme as in an 82-game schedule, builds character in players and is therefore good for them.

If in manual labor jobs companies were to compel employees to put out the equivalent amount of grueling effort that professional sports requires of players, labor laws already existent would compel them to make drastic changes or go out of business.

The Great Houdini
Rye, CO

Good anytime we beat the Nug puppies,Raja and Watson really helped out Go Jazz

South Jordan, UT

Good win verses the Thuggets. Raja was good and was mature and cool when he needed to be cool.

Old Timer
the boonies, mexico

Effort, desire,fortitude, heart, intensity. Use any or all of the words above to describe the prescription for success, and that finally came through for this team last night! I totally accept winning or losing with this approach, but will be on the winning side more than the other if they play with that mindset every night. I agree 82 games is way too much but just think that if any of you were making $200,000 per game like 3 of our players are is that asking too much? Go get e'm every night Jazz.

Salt Lake City, UT

@todd- do you really think this is a turning point? Everytime the Jazz have a good game are you going to believe in them and then when they have a bad game are you going to be their biggest critic and hater?

This team will continue to be up and down.

I only saw the 1st and 4th quarter, here's my thoughts

Big Al almost played like the big man we thought we were getting. If he can do this for 20 games in a row, I'll finally be happy with him.

Raja finally showed up. This is the Raja I thought we were getting, unfortunately this is the first time he has showed up. If the Jazz want to compete, we need 15ppg from him. Not gonna happen.

Earl Watson- any one still want Earl Watson to start? He's good but DWill is FANTASTIC

Fes- I saw him in the 1st quarter, he's still a big goof who Nene beat down the floor. If he wants more minutes, there is NO EXCUSE for getting beat down the floor.

Saint Louis, MO

Strange set of events! This is the maximum that the Jazz can play even without AK and Memo. Now, which team will show up at home against OKC. When D-Will is good, "he is very, very good". When he is bad, he is still pretty good. The problem is whether he can inspire the rest of the team like he did tonight. Could there be any linbk to getting ready to play in the all-star game and "shop his wares around". His first injured game on the bench was very telling with all his "bling" which included giant ear studs, a "sundial" Rolex, and a thousand dollar suit to say nothing of his shoes. He looked like the perfect "pimp" without his fur coat. Thank God somebody cleared this up before the next game when he looked like a teammate. When the game wasw on the line, he even "pumped his fist" about one inch. Come on. He's leavin' "on a jet plane". First stop all-star. Last stop Dallas.

St George, Utah

Deron proved tonight why the Jazz need him so badly! Big Al shows again why the Jazz dont need Loozer! I mean does Loozer play defense like Big Al does? Again Jeremy Evans needs more PT. JR Smith needs to be fined and suspended for 5 games what a thug! Go Jazz D-will we missed you badly!

Penguin Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah

These fellows are splendid ballplayers. Terrific!

Santa Monica, CA

Just one game. Let's not go nuts. The Jazz have been playing just below .500 ball for quite a long time now and now that the smoke has cleared from the magical big east swing early in the year, we see a team that is capable, but not much more. Remember we lost to a tired Houston team on our own home court before going out to win last night and we still have yet to show opponents any reason to fear walking into esa. I really like this group of players and I love Deron Williams, but they have yet to gel and until Deron turns Big Al into the All-Star that he promises to be, we will be riding a roller coaster.
Go Jazz!!

Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

I agree with JFFR . . . . THAT was the Jefferson we thought we were getting last summer! A terrific performance! And the Bell! Now let's hope they both stay around for a while . . . .

As for Fes, it looked like he had his mind on the Super Bowl and thought he was playing football, the way he crashed around out there. He needs ballet lessons. Seriously. He could be so dominant if he had the proper techniques . . . .

St George, Utah

Problems do not start with D-Will period! Deron is the greatest thing to happen to Utah since Stockton! Deron is the complete package. There is absolutely no person in the league can guard Williams! As for the rest of the team Raja finally showed who is he! JR Smith is a thug and deserves to be suspended for a long time! What a piece of trash he is!

Los Olivos, CA

Lost in all of the observations and comments: After Raja frustrated Smith into getting ejected, he went to work on Anthony. Anthony did not score one field goal when Raja was guarding him. We could see the look of frustration on his face, too. Even the smug smirk was gone.

As other have said here, D-Will and Watson on the court at the same time looked really good. Without the ball, D-Will really does do a great job of using the screens. He pushed the tempo last night and even played a lot of defense.

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