As the loss dropped Utah to 17-18 this season, Corbin was clearly upset by the call.
“I thought it was big,” he said. “Right there, it’s a six-point ball game going into the fourth quarter. But instead of us getting a basket, they come down and score. ... That’s a big play.”
Had the call been explained to him?
“They said he held onto the rim,” Corbin said. “I thought, if a guy hits you going to the basket, you have a right to brace yourself. And [Hayward] grabbed the rim so he wouldn’t flip. But they didn’t see it that way so ...”
Hayward didn’t understand the ruling, either.
“I think, for whatever reason, [the official] thought me hanging on the rim caused the ball to go in,” he said. “So I guess you have to live with that and move on to the next play.”
After Miller’s 3-pointer, Denver opened the fourth quarter with a dominating 19-6 run. Hayward, in fact, was the only Jazz player to score in the first seven minutes.
“You have to give them credit,” he said. “They knocked down some shots, and we gave them way too many good looks in the paint. We let them get a rhythm going at the free-throw line as well. We just have to be better.”
Paul Millsap led the Jazz with 15 points. Hayward finished with 13.
Utah’s defense, however, was problematic.
The Nuggets shot 51.3 percent for the game, worked their way to the free-throw line 39 times and scored 61 points in the second half.
“I didn’t think we had energy tonight,” Corbin said. “We couldn’t keep guys in front of us from any position. We just struggled. We have to get better. This wasn’t one of our better performances.”« Previous Page