Final thoughts: Jazz 103, Denver 93
Denver • Jazz coach Ty Corbin walked out for his post-game interview and asked for a final box score.
"I just want to see that W," he said and smiled. "That's all I care about."
These are strange time in Jazzland.
Utah has won back-to-back games for the second time this year, the first time they've done it on the road. They're 5-5 over their last 10 games. Four of those losses, by the way, came with Marvin Williams out with an injury and Utah also missed Derrick Favors for two of those.A couple of things from tonight:• Utah's starting backcourt outscored Denver's starting duo of Ty Lawson and Randy Foye 40-0."That's the whole team," Gordon Hayward, who had 30 of those points for the Jazz, said of the defensive effort. "That's everybody. Especially on a guy like Ty who can get in the lane and really create for himself an others. What a team effort. That might not happen the rest of the season for them so that was huge for us."Lawson was also coming off a hamstring injury that kept him out of Denver's previous two games and Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said it showed."He just looked rusty," Shaw said. "I don't think he's injured. I don' think he trusted his speed. I don't think he ever got to fifth gear at all. I was just trying to stay with him and hope that he got to a point where he did something positive and got something to go for him to help his confidence. He seemed a little reluctant to attack."• Shaw, meanwhile, blamed himself for letting the Jazz take over in the fourth."It was probably my fault at that point," the first-year head coach said. "â¦ I saw us kind of starting to sputter out. Timofey [Mozgov] was tired; he had been in there for a while. Nate [Robinson] was tired and I probably should have used a timeout then. I was trying to get to that TV timeout without having to use mine. We had about two or three bad possessions in a row where we got absolutely nothing and I think that kind of turned the tide."• Hayward had 30 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. For what it's worth, the four other players who have hit or exceeded those numbers in a game this season: LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and LeBron James.• Trey Burke didn't shoot well tonight. He was just 3 of 12 from the floor. But he had six points in the fourth to finish with 10 points and 10 assists, the second double-double of his career.• While the Nuggets went just 14 of 24 from the free throw line, the Jazz hit 19 of their 20 attempts.• The Jazz victory snapped Denver's six-game home winning streak. Aaron Falk