A lot was going on in tonight's win over the Nets at the lovely Barclays Center (seriously, cool gym). A lot of stuff will be overshadowed by the Deron Williams against the Jazz angle, which proved to be a very small factor. Williams finished with 14 points and 5 assists, but scored just 4 points in the second half.
I wrote that it was Mo who won the battle of the Williamses.
A few other things that can't be overlooked:
• It looked briefly like the Jazz's sloppiness was going to get the best of them. With 1:05 left in the first quarter, Randy Foye drove and kicked out to Gordon Hayward who made a 3. However, as he cut through the lane, Foye was called for a charge, erasing what would have beecom a 71-69 lead. The Jazz finally got that lead on a 3-pointer by Mo Williams in the fourth quarter and never relinquished it.
• Derrick Favors. Man. Folks in Brooklyn were admiring him like a neighbor's new car. The Nets, of course, drafted Favors in 2010 before dealing him to Utah in 2011 to get their paws on Deron Williams. Favors was only 4-of-10 from the field, but had a couple of eye-popping plays, including a reverse dunk after driving by both Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans on the baseline.
Lost after Mo Williams' 3-pointer, was Favors' emphatic rejection of a Lopez dunk on the other end. He came down and, after a DeMarre Carroll offensive rebound, made a basket to put the Jazz up 84-80. So, what is that, a one-man four-point swing?
• Favors was not going to make the game about beating the team that drafted him, however.
"It is over and done with now," he said. "I do not care. I felt more about it last yaer, but it is over with. You grow up and you move on from it."
• Another rough night out for Gordon Hayward, who finished with 7 points on 2-of-3 shooting.
• Jamaal Tinsley got the backup minutes tonight in his hometown, so look for those minutes Wednesday at Indiana to go to Earl Watson. Ty Corbin seems to have adopted the model of rotating the two, particularly on back to backs, to keep the well-aged point guards fresh. Tinsley embraced his homecoming. He oftentimes wears denim and a ball cap gently propped on his head pointing any direction but forward. On Tuesday, he left the locker room at Barclays Center in a three-piece suit.
• How different would the night have been if Gerald Wallace hits that 3-pointer? Two turnovers on the final plays of the game — on set pieces, too — are unacceptable. Tyrone Corbin said the Jazz practice that situation "all the time," but clearly, it's not enough. It's easy to imagine it being a problem in another close, late-game situation.
— Bill Oram
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