Jazz 88 – Warriors 87

January 8th, 2012 | by Spencer Hall

Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Utah Jazz 88 Final

Recap | Box Score

87 Golden State Warriors
Paul Millsap, PF

22 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 9 PTS | +18

Always awesome, even when he goes 4-12.

Gordon Hayward, SG

29 MIN | 6-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +12

Like Raja Bell, Hayward finally put together then game he’s been teasing with his fourth quarter salvages. Fantastic stuff.

Al Jefferson, C

34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +12

Big Al hit a few big shots, but his most important contribution is always as a time machine to show the kids what 1994 looked like.

Raja Bell, SG

24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +12

Had to feel good for Raja to finally break out of his slump. He got off to a hot start, hitting his first two shots and setting the tone early. Played great defense on Monta Ellis on the finalĀ possessionĀ of the game.

Spencer Hall
Founder Spencer Hall has covered the NBA, Team USA and NBA D-League since 2007 and launched Salt City Hoops in 2009. Spencer is now the news director at KSL.com
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  1. Bloodshy says:

    Al was not very good outside of the first 10 minutes & the shot he made on our second-to-last possession. In fact, he was more bad than good. He took several bad shots and played very bad defense. His terrible help D on the pick n roll almost cost us the game, letting Ellis go off for easy scores against a screened Bell/Harris over and over and over and over… When favors came into the game, Ellis stopped scoring because Favors’ length, quickness and commitment to help shut it down. Al was our least impressive big last night. Due to his good first quarter, his final shot, the fact that we won and the fact that I like Al, I’d give him a C+, which is probably generous.

    Bell had his only good game of the season, with timely O and solid (though unspectacular) D from start to finish. His production was especially appreciated since Burks played poorly. I still think Burks should start, but I can now see Bell being a positive force on the team, even while playing. A for Bell.

    CJ Miles had his standard pathetic performance on D, and an abnormally bad performance on O. F for CJ.

    A for everyone else. Great effort from everyone who played not named CJ. Great win.

    • @Bloodshy – You’re very right about Jefferson. I gave A+s all the way around just because I was so pleased with the outcome. This was definitely the best game of the year for the Jazz and showed some very interesting potential. I’m sticking with my prediction of 33 wins and a playoff spot.

      • theoysterking says:

        What’s crazy to me is the NW conference is again shaping up to be the toughest conference in the league, top to bottom. Even cellar dwelling Minnesota would be firmly in the middle of the class if you swapped them out with the third place team in any other division (although their percentage is lower than most).

  2. Can’t believe the Jazz are 5-3 right now.

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