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.
“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.”
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