SALT LAKE CITY — It was far from glamorous, but the Jazz managed to wrestle a 99-92 overtime victory from the Warriors. Utah (22-22) was led by a statement game from Derrick Favors.
Nate Robinson scored 19 points to lead Golden State (18-24), which lost its third straight.
Guards: With five assists and three turnovers — and 5-13 shooting from the field — Devin Harris was once again mediocre at best, while Jamaal Tinsley gave the same spark off the bench that Earl Watson typically provides. The two floor generals combined for six turnovers. While C.J. Miles seemed off and on in 17 minutes, it was Alec Burks who saw the most significant playing time at the two-guard position, finishing regulation and being on the floor during overtime. (Perhaps contributors to the #FreeAlecBurks Twitter trend can now be more at ease.) The rookie scored nine points. Golden State's Klay Thompson and Nate Robinson combined for 36 points. GRADE: C+
Forwards: Paul Millsap played one of his worst offensive games of the season in regulation, but shot 3-4 in overtime as the Jazz dominated the extra five minutes. His 12 rebounds helped Utah destroy Golden State in the battle of the boards, 65-40. Josh Howard gave 24 minutes that were largely ineffective as Warrior forwards David Lee and Dorell Wright proved difficult to slow, scoring a combined 31 points on 13-25 shooting. Gordon Hayward largely picked up Howard's slack by stuffing the box score: 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. GRADE: C+
Centers: Saturday evening was a night that Jazz fans were excited about a particular couple of young big men. If Derrick Favors has ever demonstrated how much star potential he has, it occured on Saturday. The second-year player scored 23 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and thoroughly dominated Andris Biedrins. Favors even had a block and a steal as he scored in double figures for the fifth time in nine games. Enes Kanter was not to be outdone on the glass. He nabbed 13 boards in less than 20 minutes. GRADE: A
Bench: Hayward and Kanter were mostly excellent, while Tinsley showed that he continues to be competant. Jeremy Evans provided a pleasant performance in his first significant action in five games, scoring five points and five rebounds in 13 minutes. The Jazz bench out-scored the Golden State reserves by a healthy 43-17 margin. The bench hardly missed a beat with Favors and Miles shifted into the starting lineup in the wake of the absence of Al Jefferson and Raja Bell. GRADE: A-
Overall: The Jazz might actually have a chance to win against Los Angeles if Favors can play as dominantly as he did Saturday night and if the front line can once against exemplify Windex Men on the boards. A more consistent game from Harris would help, however. Perhaps Favors' star-like display will prompt coach Tyrone Corbin to up Favors' minutes in place of the Jazz wings who lack consistency. GRADE: B-
Rhett Wilkinson is a journalism and political science major at Utah State University. He has previously been an intern for the Deseret News. He can be reached at [email protected] or at Twitter: wilklogan