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Utah Jazz beat Golden State 97-90, stay ahead of Lakers
Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) shoots over Golden State Warriors' Carl Landry during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Utah Jazz's Jamaal Tinsley (6) shoots over Golden State Warriors' Jarrett Jack (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry celebrates after scoring against the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Utah Jazz' Mo Williams (5) and Randy Foye celebrate during the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin looks up during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. The Jazz won 97-90. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) and Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) fight for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Utah Jazz's Al Jefferson (25) shoots over Golden State Warriors' Carl Landry during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
 Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry reacts during the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Utah Jazz' Al Jefferson (25) shoots over Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut (12)during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Utah Jazz' Mo Williams (5) throws the ball off Golden State Warriors' Jarrett Jack (2) before running out of bounds during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry reacts near the end of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. The Jazz won 97-90. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Where did that energy and effort come from?

“It’s urgency time,” Hayward said. “You know? If we would have had it earlier, we wouldn’t be in this same position.”

Hayward scored 13 points, including a 3-pointer with 4:20 remaining that put the Jazz up 91-80. Yet, not even that was enough. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry hit back-to-back 3-pointers, Draymond Green made a layup and less than two minutes later the Warriors had cut the lead to 91-88.

However, Jefferson, who finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, calmly hit a 20-foot jumper to snap the run. The Warriors had an opportunity to tie in the final minute, but with 39 seconds left and the Jazz up 93-90, Favors blocked Green’s shot in the lane. Jarrett Jack picked up the ball in the far corner, but his 3-point shot was off the mark. Hayward earned a hard-fought rebound and was fouled.

“Coach Jeff [Hornacek] told me after that timeout to go get a rebound,” Hayward said. “So that’s what I had to do.”

On the next Jazz possession Mo Williams ran down the shot clock and made his third 3-pointer of the night with 13.4 seconds left.

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“Regardless of whether the Lakers would have won or not,” Jefferson said, “we had to win. This was a must-win for us.”

Sunday’s was only the third road win by the Jazz over a team with a winning record, and 12th overall.

“We have trouble on the road,” Marvin Williams said, “but nobody thinks back to how we played on the road. The bottom line is you need to win the game tonight.”

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz

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Lakers’ loss, Utah’s rare road win put Jazz back in playoff position.

At a glance

Storylines Alone in the No. 8 spot

The Jazz win on a day the Los Angeles Lakers lose and move a half-game ahead for eighth in the Western Conference.

» Mo Williams finishes with 25 points, including a 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds left to seal the win.

Western Conference playoff race

Top eight teams make the playoffs

W L GB

5. Memphis 52 25 5

6. Golden St. 44 33 13

7. Houston 43 34 14

8. Utah 41 37 16½

9. L.A. Lakers 40 37 17

10. Dallas 38 39 19

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