SALT LAKE CITY — Putting the breaks on any losing skid takes more than one player and is more complex a task than a single stat can sum up. The Jazz used their entire team to end a four-game losing streak with a 107-91 win over Philadelphia on Monday night, but the outside shooting of Gordon Hayward and Randy Foye put the Jazz's foot on the peddle early against the 76ers.
Hayward and Foye combined to shoot 3 of 5 from beyond the arc in the first quarter for eight and seven points, respectively. The duo accounted for over half of Utah's 27 first-quarter points and helped extinguish any hope for Philadelphia right out of the chutes.
"We talked about that before the game and and halftime as well — not to give them breathing room or any hope and not play down to the competition," Hayward said. "These are NBA players and when things get tight they can make shots for sure."
Foye finished 3 of 6 from 3-point range for 17 points, while Hayward added 15 points on perfect 3-for-3 3-point shooting.
Foye has connected on 8-15 from downtown over the past three games and came out with a purpose, playing with energy and intensity that didn't go unnoticed by Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin.
"I thought he did a great job just coming out aggressively," Corbin said. "I thought defensively he did a good job to get himself going. He was aggressive on the ball and as a result he was able to get his offense going. He had a couple drives to the basket early to get some scores and feel the ball go in the basket. So he came off on the screen aways and made some big shots for us."
Meanwhile, as important as Hayward was shooting the basketball, his threat from the outside opened things up for his teammates and enabled him to add four assists on the night. The wider passing lanes from the second-guessing Philadelphia defenders aided the Jazz in racking up 22 assists as a team.Comment on this story
"It opens it up on the perimeter a little bit more and they have to respect you," Hayward said. "They can't double team our big guys down low and it frees everyone else up."
Foye and Hayward were virtually the entirety of Utah's outside presence, connecting on six of the team's seven 3s.
Making the playoffs after falling behind the Lakers will be no small undertaking and will require more than one or two players. But more nights like Monday from Hayward and Foye could go a long way toward helping the Jazz accomplish that feat.