SALT LAKE CITY — Jae Crowder has been struggling with his 3-point shooting lately. Heck, the whole Jazz team has been struggling from 3-point range for the past couple of weeks.
Crowder had only made 11 of his last 32 from long range over the past six games, while the Jazz, aside from one good game against Miami, had shot just 27 percent from behind the arc in the past half dozen games.
But Wednesday night, the Jazz, ranked 25th in the NBA in 3-point shooting, outshot Golden State, the No. 1 3-point shooting team in the league, which was a big reason the Jazz came away with a 108-103 victory over the defending world champs Wednesday night at Vivint Arena.
It wasn’t like the Jazz shot lights out as they finished making 16 of 42 from long range. However, it was much better than the Warriors' 10 of 31, which included a 2-of-7 night from Kevin Durant and an 0-for-4 game by Klay Thompson.
Crowder was especially good as he sank 5 of 9 3-point shots and he had nice help from Kyle Korver, who made 4 of 7 and Joe Ingles who went 4 for 9. Those three finished and even 50 percent, making 13 of 26, counteracting the rough nights for Donovan Mitchell (2 for 11), Ricky Rubio (0 for 2) and Derrick Favors (0 for 2).
As far as Jazz coach Quin Snyder was concerned, it was just a matter of time before the shots started falling.
“We’ve been really focused on our defense and felt at some point guys are going to make some shots to go with that,” Snyder said. “When you’re able to hit a few shots and see the ball go in it gives you a lift. We didn’t squander that lift because we kept defending and those guys got good looks. They were aggressive, ready to shoot and spaced the right way and we found them.”
The key stretch of the game came midway through the third quarter when the score was tied 66-66. Crowder, Korver and Ingles hit 3-pointers on consecutive trips down the floor giving the Jazz the lead and then Crowder followed with a three from the right angle. Korver then sank one from the left angle and Crowder hit another from the top to give the Jazz an 84-78 lead.Comment on this story
Crowder shrugged off his 3-point shooting display afterward, saying, “I got confidence because I work very hard on my craft and stay in the gym. I feel like my teammates have a lot of confidence in me because they know how hard I work. I felt like the flow of the game really got us open and gave us some open looks.”
Like Crowder, Korver had been inconsistent lately with a couple of 1-for-7 3-point shooting games this month, but he looked much more confident Wednesday.
“We made some shots — we made some threes tonight, which helped a lot,” Korver said. “I think there was a great energy tonight when we were making shots and the crowd was getting into it and we fed off that.”