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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) drives past Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker (17) as the Utah Jazz host the Phoenix Suns, NBA Basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward barely misses first triple-double of his career

Jazz swingman falls one assist shy of Utah’s first triple-double since Carlos Boozer’s in ’08.

First Published Feb 26 2014 11:00 pm • Last Updated Feb 26 2014 11:00 pm

Gordon Hayward couldn’t have come closer to the Utah Jazz’s first triple-double in over six years.

Hayward finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists Wednesday night, helping the Jazz roll to a 109-86 victory over Phoenix at EnergySolutions Arena.

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Hayward’s bid for the first triple-double of his career ended with 6:15 remaining in the game, when coach Tyrone Corbin took him out for the final time.

As it stands, Carlos Boozer remains the last Jazz player to record a triple-double. He had 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Seattle on Feb. 13, 2008. After the game, Hayward understood why Corbin subbed for him with Utah owning a 97-75 lead.

"It was close," he said. "But it didn’t work out so ... I’m just happy we got the win."

Hayward knew he was one assist a triple-double.

"All my teammates said, ‘Get one more,’" he said. "So I knew. But it was one of those things where it was a blowout game, we had the lead and the win [and] you don’t want to risk anything."

That’s exactly what Corbin was thinking: "I was trying to let him get the last one. But I didn’t want to take a chance with him. He was good about it."

Hayward finished playing 37 minutes -- nine more than any teammate. He had 17 points and 10 rebounds with 7:45 left, when his pass led to a Diante Garrett three-pointer.

It was Hayward’s ninth assist and Corbin kept him on the floor for three more offensive possessions.


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The first one ended when Hayward missed a three-pointer he took to beat the 24-second clock. The second ended up when Garrett committed a turnover.

The third ended on Alec Burks’ drive to the basket for a layup.

When Utah center Enes Kanter’s foul on the other end of the floor stopped play, Corbin sent Trey Burke into the game for Hayward.

Veteran Richard Jefferson joked that, as a former teammate of Jason Kidd, he knows the secrets of how a player secures a triple-double.

Kidd, now the coach of the Brooklyn Nets, finished his career with 107 triple-doubles.

"I don’t know what [Hayward] is doing," Jefferson said. "I’ve fallen one rebound a couple times short. [But] one assist? I’m going to get that assist. ...

"You’ve got teach him the tricks of the trade: ‘Clear everybody out. I need one assist. You all just shoot anytime I throw it to you. If we get an offensive rebound, fine. Get me the ball and I’ll throw it right back to you and you shoot it again.’ "

luhm@sltrib.com



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