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NBA » Utah comes back from 16-point deficit to win its first game of the season.



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Each time the Jazz scored, New Orleans seemed to have an answer, whether it was Davis, who finished with a game-high 29, or Jrue Holiday, or Tyreke Evans, who scored eight of his 19 in the period.

The Jazz, meanwhile, relied on point guard Diante Garrett, a D-League signing who arrived in Utah on Tuesday night and did not even participate in shootaround with the Jazz on Wednesday, to close out the game.

At a glance

Jazz 111, Pelicans 105

O Wednesday’s win was the first time the Jazz have topped the 100-point mark this season.

» Gordon Hayward scores 22 of his 27 points in the second half, and the Jazz shoot 51 percent from the floor to claim their first win of the year.

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Garrett scored seven points and had five assists, despite saying before the game that he only knew "three or four" of the team’s plays.

"We were waiting for that win," Kanter, the owner of a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double, said after the game. "Now we’re just going to come out and we’re going to fight. We were just so hungry for that one win, and now coach tells us it’s gonna come. It’s gonna come."

So are the San Antonio Spurs, the Golden State Warriors and the rest of a bruising schedule that awaits a Jazz team that has been blown out more often than not this season.

So Favors, who recorded a double-double himself, smiled. He said would enjoy the night, as his coach instructed, while realizing what awaits tomorrow.

"Tonight goes by so fast," he said. "It’s just one game."

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Jazz 111, Pelicans 105

FG FT Reb

N.O. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Aminu 21:28 0-5 0-0 0-2 1 1 0

Davis 35:38 12-21 5-5 8-15 1 3 29

Smith 32:58 5-9 0-0 2-5 0 4 10

Holiday 33:48 8-12 1-1 0-3 6 3 19

Gordon 33:21 5-13 3-4 0-1 4 4 16

Amundsn 17:56 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 5 5

Rivers 13:32 0-3 0-0 0-1 3 4 0

TEvans 28:25 8-13 3-3 0-3 4 5 19

Withey 9:05 1-2 1-2 1-3 0 0 3

Morrow 13:49 1-4 2-3 0-1 0 1 4

Totals 240:00 42-85 16-20 11-34 19 30 105

Percentages: FG .494, FT .800. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Gordon 3-6, Holiday 2-2, T.Evans 0-1, Morrow 0-1, Rivers 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 13 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Aminu, Davis, T.Evans). Turnovers: 13 (Holiday 5, Amundson 2, Gordon 2, Davis, T.Evans, Rivers, Smith). Steals: 13 (Gordon 5, Aminu 2, Holiday 2, Amundson, Davis, Rivers, Smith). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 11:14 first.

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Jefferson 31:56 7-11 5-6 0-3 4 3 22

Favors 31:44 5-7 2-8 5-12 2 4 12

Kanter 37:59 8-10 5-6 1-10 1 3 21

Lucas III 15:27 0-7 1-1 0-1 0 1 1

Hayward 41:58 6-12 12-14 2-5 10 1 27

Williams 26:10 5-9 0-0 5-9 0 4 12

Burks 26:47 3-10 1-2 1-3 1 3 7

Harris 6:09 0-1 2-2 0-0 0 0 2

Garrett 21:50 3-5 0-0 0-1 5 0 7

Totals 240:00 37-72 28-39 14-44 23 19 111

Percentages: FG .514, FT .718. 3-Point Goals: 9-22, .409 (Jefferson 3-4, Hayward 3-5, Williams 2-4, Garrett 1-2, Burks 0-1, Lucas III 0-6). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 21 (30 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Kanter 3, Favors 2, Hayward, Williams). Turnovers: 21 (Hayward 5, Garrett 4, Favors 3, Kanter 3, Lucas III 2, Williams 2, Burks, Jefferson). Steals: 9 (Favors 5, Hayward 2, Garrett, Harris). Technical Fouls: None.

New Orleans 29 26 22 28 — 105

Utah 22 23 28 38 — 111

Attendance » 16,717

Time » 2:15.

Officials » Derrick Stafford, Tony Brown, Mark Lindsay.



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