Official postgame quotes and notes Jazz 116, Heat 114, OT
Official postgame quotes and notes following the Jazz's 116-114 overtime road victory over Miami on Tuesday.
Jazz win the first of a four-game trip away from Salt Lake tonight, scoring 72 points in the second half and 12 more in overtime. They visit Orlando tomorrow, then Atlanta and Charlotte to conclude the trip.
Jazz began the game by missing 15 of their first 17 shots from the floor and trailed by 16 points (25-9) late in the first quarter. They would trail by 19 points atthe half and by as much as 22 points in the first half.
Jazz record a HEAT opponent-high 32 field goals in the second half, shooting 62.7 percent (32-for-51) in the second half.
Jazz allow a triple-double tonight for the first time since November 7, 2007 when LeBron James did it for the Cavaliers.
Paul Millsap scored a career-high 46 points, the highest scoring game by a Jazz player since Karl Malone scored 56 points at Golden State on April 7, 1998. He also sets a career high with 19 made field goals, the most by a Jazz player since Karl Malone made 21 shots from the floor vs. Portland on December 26, 1995. The 28 field goal attempts are also a career high.
Paul Millsaps's 19 field goals mark the fourth highest single-game total against Miami and his 46 points is the 10th highest single-game total against the HEAT.
Paul Millsap's 46 points are the most by a member of the Utah Jazz in a game against the Miami HEAT. The previous high was Karl Malone's 40 points at Utah on January 2, 1991.
Deron Williams recorded 14 assists tonight. He is the third HEAT opponent to record at least 14 assists in a game this season (Paul 19, Rondo 17). It is his fourth career double-figure assist game against Miami.Deron Williams
On the game:"First halves have cost us a lot this year. We just seem to come out flat and we don't execute. A lot of it was just missing shots. We missed some open looks early. I think we let that determine what we did on the other end. It should be the other way around. We should let our defense start things and then our offense will follow. I thought we did that in the second half and we were able to get back into the game. First half we were just standing there. We didn't get any easy baskets. In the second half we started moving the ball and screening well. When we do that guys get open and it is a lot easier to play like that." "It is a great win for us. We've been on the other end where we've been up 20 at half and you kind of coast and it is hard to get back in the game. We just kept chipping away. Paul Millsap just carried us and put us on his back. It was great. This team fought. It says a lot about us. We're not going to lay down for anybody."
On Paul Millsap's performance:
"Once I realized Paul had the hot hand, I just tried to run as many pick-and-rolls and get him in situations where he could get good shots. He just did everything tonight." Kyrylo Fesenko On the game: "I was just trying to do my role for the team on the court and play as hard as I could on defense and help guys as much as I could on offense. We played great team basketball in the fourth quarter."Paul Millsap On the game: "It felt great (to hit three-point baskets). It got me going in the third quarter. It was great to see the basket open up that wide. I put them up and they went in. We have guys who stepped up to the challenge. We started moving (in the third quarter). We got more aggressive on the offensive end. We started setting screens for each other. It opened up a lot for us. They were pushing us around a lot in the first half. We were real soft in the first half. I think that is what got us over the edge, coming out and playing our type of basketball. We were the aggressors in the second half and it helped us out." "It is speechless to be down like that to a team like this in a hostile environment and come out with a win. We clawed our way out of there. It says a lot about our team."
On his three point shot: "I practice that every day. To come out here and see that it pays off; that feels good. I think it shocked them a little bit tonight. When I popped out, there wasn't really a guy in my face. I am going to continue to try to shock people and sneak out there every now and then." On his basket at the end of regulation: "When it rains it pours. It (the rebound) fell right into my hand. My thing was to just put it up quick and put it in the basket." On getting the opportunity to start this season: "This season is what I was waiting for. It is what I've been waiting for all my life. After playing four years under Carlos (Boozer) I finally got the opportunity to go out there and showcase my skills to the fullest. My thing was to come out and prove I am worthy to play that position." Jerry SloanOn the Game:"We had a tough time getting going and we finally started playing harder, and obviously when you play a little harder, you shoot the ball a little bit better. We didn't shoot the ball very well in the first half. That was a great win for us."On Paul Millsap:"It shows you what he is about. When it he gets tough, he doesn't stop working. That's what he been doing since he's been with us, and works at his game to make himself better. He works on every little aspect of the game all the time, and that gives you a chance to get better. He is a no nonsense guy when he plays."On the Utah Jazz: "You saw how we came out; we settled for shots, we got some decent ones, but they just didn't go in. Once we started moving, we did a better job of executing our offense.""That's what basketball is all about; working hard. The results will come if you continue to work hard. I think we surprise other people sometimes."
Brian T. Smith