SALT LAKE CITY — Kyle Korver checked off perhaps the last big "first" he'll have as a new member of this year's Utah Jazz team Tuesday night, as he made his debut at Vivint Arena.
Prior to the contest, Korver, who played for the Jazz from 2007-2010, said he saw team owner Gail Miller and gave her "a big hug," and then as he entered the game with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter, he received a big ovation from the crowd.
Then he went to work. He shot and missed his first try just seconds into his opening stint on the court, but rebounded in a big way, making his next shot less than a minute later and finishing with 15 points in 15 minutes of play on 5-of-8 shooting, which included making three of his four tries from behind the 3-point line in the 139-105 drubbing.
"It was fun," he said, adding that he wasn't nervous per se, but did want to perform well. "It was a great first time back...you could feel the excitement. It was a fun moment for me."
While the 37-year-old gave Utah a big lift, he was quick to note how strong of a night it was from everyone on the Jazz.
"I thought our team played really good basketball," he said. "The ball was moving and we were playing for each other. Good defense, a lot of 3s. Twenty 3s tonight. It was fun. It was a good night all around."
Although Korver is trying to acclimate himself to head coach Quin Snyder's playbook, the coach is already drawing up plays for the veteran, such as an out-of-bounds play on Tuesday that, naturally, resulted in a made 3-pointer from the newcomer.
“This is a really fun style of basketball,” Korver said at shootaround before the game. “It’s very different than what I’ve played the last couple years. There’s a lot of ways to make a par. This is definitely a different way, but I like it. I feel like I’m wired for a lot of the stuff they’re doing.”
RUDY GOBERT FINED: After being publicly critical of the officiating after Sunday's 102-100 loss to the Miami Heat, Jazz center Rudy Gobert was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Tuesday.
Snyder said before the game that he agreed to split the fine with Gobert.
G LEAGUE: Grayson Allen and Georges Niang on Monday night played with the G League's Salt Lake City Stars after not seeing much time on the court during the Jazz's three-game road trip.
Allen was inactive for Tuesday's game, but Niang scored five points in less than five minutes of play, and hit the 3-pointer that set Utah's new franchise record for most triples made in a game.