Jazz Hold on for 4th Straight

28 01 2010

The first quarter of last nights Utah Jazz game, was almost a perfect 12 minutes of basketball.  The Jazz shot 82% from the field and scored 21 of the first 23 points.  I personally have never seen a better quarter played by the Utah Jazz, with amazing defensive pressure, and the ability to get to the rim at will.  The Jazz held a 36-16 lead over the Portland Trailblazers at the end of the first.

Throughout the rest of the game, the Jazz continued to shot at a high percentage, but had a slight turnover problem.  The Jazz committed 21 turnovers to the Trailblazers 9.  Turnovers were the main reason why the Blazers crept back into the game and eventually cut the lead to five.  With a couple big Kyle Korver three pointers, and Deron Williams controlling the game, the Jazz were able to hold off the Blazers for a 106-95 victory.  The Jazz, who ended up shooting 60% for the game, won for their first time in Portland in six tries.

On any given night, someone off the Jazz bench will step up.  Against the Phoenix Suns, it was Wesley Matthews who scored a career high 21, last night it was Korver who scored 16 including going 4 for 4 from the three point line.  If it’s not Matthews, it’s Korver or Paul Millsap.  Basically, it’s Jazz basketball at it’s best. The Jazz now have won eight out of their last nine, and four straight.  Deron Williams made a promise that he wouldn’t shave off his beard until the Jazz win five straight, and hopefully they can do that on Friday when the Sacramento Kings come to Salt Lake City.

The Jazz have now moved into second place in the Northwest Division and look to stay hot against the struggling Kings.  Needless to say again, Jazz basketball is great to watch right now.

Carlos Boozer scored 14 points last night but left the game in the second half with a calf strain.  Hopefully it’s not too serious, no reports have come out at this point.  Boozer who is averaging 19.4 points and 10.8 rebounds, is a key part to the Jazz’s success, and they need him back.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
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