Hayward’s Dagger Downs Dallas

February 9th, 2016 | by Lucas Falk
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Prior to tonight’s clash with the Dallas Mavericks, the Utah Jazz were the second hottest team in the association thanks to a six game winning streak. The Mavericks, on the other hand, had been struggling as of late, losing six of their last 10. The streaking Jazz and the slumping Mavs were headed on a collision course with just two games separating the teams in the playoff picture. Salt City Hoops’ own Andy Larsen said it best in a tweet:

So what happens when a team on a hot streak meets a team in a slump with playoff implications? You get an OT thriller.

Quarter by quarter breakdown:

The Dallas Mavericks came out firing and it seemed like they couldn’t miss. But it wasn’t simply that the Mavericks were hitting tough shots, it’s that the Jazz gave them great opportunities. Early in the quarter, Zaza Pachulia drove into the paint on Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors leaves Dirk Nowitzki, one of the biggest Jazz killers of all time, wide open for three. Utah continued to go under screens, instead of chasing over, which allowed for open look after open look. Both Raul Neto and Favors picked up a couple of quick fouls and the Jazz found themselves in the penalty with over five minutes left to play in the quarter.

Additionally, Utah started off sloppy on the offensive end, turning the ball over a number of times. It wasn’t all bad for the Jazz in the first quarter, but they clearly dug themselves a hole.

End of 1st Quarter: Jazz 21 – Mavericks 29

It was more of the same from the Mavs early on, knocking down threes while the Jazz continued to play the screen incorrectly, but Trey Lyles was aggressive with Nowitzki guarding him and the Jazz stayed competitive. Utah picked up their defensive effort and eventually Dallas started to miss. The Jazz made a run at the end of the quarter to keep it close.

End of 2nd Quarter: Jazz 51 – Mavericks 58

Derrick Favors didn’t have a bucket in the first half, but he wasted no time once the second half started to get going. The Jazz were able to play better defense on the perimeter and force Dallas to operate more in the paint. Trevor Booker made his presence known on the offensive end with several effective energy plays. But it was Rodney Hood who carried the offense for the Jazz, having scored 19 points through three quarters. Gordon Hayward was a complete non-factor, on the other hand, as he didn’t score a single point.

The Jazz and the Mavericks traded baskets down the stretch, but Hood knocked down a buzzer beater to give Utah a boost heading into the fourth quarter.

End of 3rd Quarter: Jazz 78 – Mavericks 87

Then the fun started. Hayward and Favors decided they weren’t going to go quietly. Gordon began to be more aggressive, specifically as a facilitator and Derrick was the benefactor of the aforementioned aggressiveness. Favors ability to knock down shots led to this easy dunk for Gobert.

The real story, of course, was Hood who made shot after shot (if he wasn’t being fouled) but none was bigger than the shot that tied the game at the end of regulation.

End of Regulation: Jazz 110 – Mavericks 110

Naturally, this game went to overtime because I was writing the recap. Overtime was a roller coaster and can only be explained with some tweets.

The non-goaltending (or actually goaltending) on Hood’s layup. I’m still not sure what the rule is on this so I am not sure if it was ruled correctly. The call on the court ruled it a block shot.

But when it was all said and done…

Overtime: Jazz 121 – Mavericks 119

Overall thoughts:

  • Hood is amazing.
  • ZaZa is a scoundrel.
  • The Jazz don’t quit, ever.

The Jazz finally beat the Mavericks in Dallas for the first time since 2010 and have placed themselves in a great position for a playoff push.


Lucas Falk
Lucas Falk is a basketball junkie from Salt Lake City. Lucas is an alumnus of both Olympus High School and the University of Utah, where he earned a degree in Economics. Lucas is also a proponent of doing a reboot to the film "White Men Can't Jump." He can be found on Twitter @Lucaswfalk.
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  1. Paul Johnson says:

    Everyone has been talking about the Jazz making a trade, but I think the Jazz should just keep this group intact for the most part. They have great chemistry, they are very good right now, and are all getting better. And, with Burks and Exum coming back and being blended back into the mix–and bringing additional, unique skill sets–think how awesome they could become.

    The only key player on the team I wonder about is Trey Burke. He has improved by leaps and bounds this season (especially on offense), but I continue to wonder whether he is a good long-term fit for this team–in much the same way that Kanter wasn’t a good long-term fit for this team, because of his lack of exceptional quickness, size and length, which makes playing good NBA defense more difficult for him.

    On the other hand, there was a rumor floating around yesterday, that Orlando is willing to trade Evan Fournier. If the Jazz could get Fournier without giving up more than a draft pick or two (or Trey Burke and/or Tibor Pleiss and a draft pick or two), I think the Jazz should pull the trigger on that trade. Fournier is a good friend/fellow countryman of Rudy Gobert, and is the type of good shooting 3-and-D wing the Jazz could really use on its roster. He is also a better player than the Jazz are likely to get with any of their less-good draft picks in the near future (absent a lucky, drafting coup, such as the Jazz were able to pull off with both Gobert and Hood), and is already 3 years along in his development. I have coveted Fournier for quite some time (ever since Denver traded him to Orlando and he “blew up” in Orlando). Apparently, Orlando feels Fournier is expendable, because of drafting Mario Hezonja this summer, who apparently is a little bit bigger, little bit more athletic version of Fournier (which creates a logjam on the team with Hezonja and Fournier, who have almost identical skill sets and play the same position).

  2. LKA says:

    Have always like Burke but I think his time has come gto move on. His minutes have dwindled over the last few weeks. Snyder is playing johnson more. And Burke misses three games plus for the flu?? Throw in Burke and Johnson for Fournier might do the trick. But it will surprise me if Burke and maybe Booker are still on the team when they play Washington.

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