Down 3 with less than 30 seconds left in Friday night's game against the Warriors, Ty Corbin put the ball in Gordon Hayward's hands. It had been a rough night for the Jazz's young leader up to that point. He had just eight points on 3-of-8 shooting and he'd coughed the ball up seven times.
It only got worse.
With a chance to bring his team within one, Hayward drove to the hoop and lost the ball off his leg and out of bounds: turnover No. 8.
The Jazz never got closer, falling to Golden State 95-90.
"It was pretty awful," Hayward said of the loss, "especially for me."
"We had our opportunities," he added. "A lot of that was my fault."
Despite Hayward's struggles on the night, Corbin said he felt no regret about giving the fourth-year swingman the ball out of that timeout.
"None whatsoever," Corbin said. "None. He made a mistake turning the ball over, but I feel very confident with what he can do for this team."
"He's been resilient all year," Corbin added. "We'll look forward to him coming back tomorrow after not playing one of his better games. He knows how we need him. We're going to lean on him."
The Jazz led 77-68 with 10:25 left in the game.
Then Golden State went on a 12-0 run.
Utah would reclaim the lead again at 88-87 with about two minutes to play, when Alec Burks double-pumped in the air and hit a layup for two of his team-high 26 points.
But on the next possession, Steph Curry dropped in a 7-foot runner.
'Hell of a shooter'
Curry was ridiculous, going off for 44 points — 30 in the second half.
"He got hot," Corbin said. "He was shooting it from deep. He would come down in transition, guys running at him, and was still making them. We tried to double him, we gave him different looks, and we were chasing him off screens. He's a great shooter in this league."
Said Hayward: "We gave him too many open looks. Once he got going, it was a rap. He's a hell of a shooter."
Said Burks: He's an All-Star for a reason."
Marvin Williams (heel) and Derrick Favors (hip) were held out of the game with injury, so the Jazz were already shorthanded when Jeremy Evans took a hard fall in the second quarter and never returned.
Evans has a bruised tailbone and a bruised elbow. The team will re-evaluate him tomorrow before the Jazz take on the Clippers in L.A.
Diante Garrett had a career-high 13 points.
Rudy Gobert saw 19 minutes of action, scoring seven points, grabbing five boards and blocking two shots.
— Aaron Falk
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