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Jazz hesitated to foul late against Nets

• Alec Burks' slam dunk with 32.6 seconds left in tonight's game cut the Brooklyn lead to four. But on the ensuing possession, Jazz coach Ty Corbin hesitated in whether to call for an intentional foul.

"I thought they were gonna go quick and they held back and I decided to go ahead and foul them," Corbin said. "My call."

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By the time the decision was made and Trey Burke fouled, 16 precious seconds had run off the clock.

"I think we were going to play it out at first," Burke said after the 105-99 loss. "But there wouldn't have been enough time. [Corbin] went ahead and told me to foul, send him to the line. But we didn't have to be in that position if we had kept our intensity the way we did in the first half" when the Jazz held the lead.

• Burke was certainly mismatched in terms of size guarding Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston.

"They're real big guards," he said. "We expected them to post us up, even Diante [Garrett]. They were bigger than him as well. For me I've got to do a better job getting around screens and keeping them out of the paint."

Burke got stuck a couple screens in the first half because of indecision.

"It's my fault," he said. "I've got to make up my mind if I'm going to go over or go under. I was kind of in between on those two or three screens I did get hit and that's what happened. He was able to get in the paint. I think that's one of the bigger areas I can get better at on the defensive end is getting around screens."

• Williams offered this assessment of Burke (who had 14 points and 10 assists): "He looked good. He played hard tonight, played well tonight. Like I said, I haven't had a chance to watch him too much. Watched him at Michigan and he is a great young point guard. Very talented. He can shoot the ball. It's about learning. This whole year for hims is a learning experience."

— Aaron Falk



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