The absurdity was contagious. With 7:25 left in the fourth quarter, Marvin Williams chest-passed the ball at the basket to beat the shot clock. It went in. Another 3-pointer, of course, to put the Jazz up 96-81.
Collective, the Jazz were 10-of-17 from behind the arc.
A pending free agent, Foye may or may not be around for the printing of next year’s media guide, which contains team records. But he’ll certainly be well represented on its pages. He added to his team record for 3-pointers in a season (now 159), set a record for 3s in a half (seven in the second), tied the record for 3s in a quarter (five in the third). His first 3, less than two minutes into the game, set the franchise record for most 3s by a Utah Jazz team (440) in a single season.
“It’s a feeling like your body is numb,” Foye said. “You’re just out there, in your own little world. Just running. And once you touch the ball and get an open look, it’s basically like throwing a rock in the ocean.”
Less than a week after losing their fourth straight game, the Jazz have now strung together four wins, including Friday’s 105-95 victory at Portland, which snapped a nine-game road losing streak.
“We have to play like if we lose we’re right back out of it,” Gordon Hayward said. “Because that’s how close it is.”
Williams scored 21 points and tallied 11 assists for the Nets, in his second game back at EnergySolutions Arena since being traded on Feb. 23, 2011.
Each time Williams got the ball, he was booed, the intensity of the din growing the longer he possessed it.
Foye could have made 20 3s, and no cheer, however, would have matched the one that followed a block by Hayward on Williams with 1:12 left in the first half. As Williams appeared set for an easy fast break layup, Hayward closed in from the side, cloaking Williams. The former Jazz All-Star struggled and squirmed, like a kitten trying to escape from beneath a blanket. When he finally shot, Hayward swatted the ball away and Williams fell to the court.
“Gordon’s been doing a tremendous job all year long of chasing plays down,” Corbin said, “and making plays when there don’t seem to be a play to make on the defensive end.”
The game mirrored Foye’s performance. For the Jazz, it was a heat check, too. Six nights earlier in Dallas, the Jazz lost their fourth game in a row, fell to two games below .500 and were fading from playoff contention.
“We were right on the brink of going the other way,” Corbin said. “If you listen to all the talk and the naysayers and the people counting you out and let them get in your head, it can affect you.”« Previous Page Next Page »