24 March 2012
If you missed last night, you missed arguably the best game of the season. Jazz took all of Denver's punches (literally) and still kept the their wits to run Denver off the floor. If this team plays like they have over the past two weeks, come playoff time, they could beat anyone in a seven game series. If, remind you, they play like they have over the past two weeks.
Devin Harris went Circa 2007 on us with his best dunk in five years, and his first of the season. If you didn't see it, you need to check it out. Thanks to @ProdigyJF
Not only did Devin have a huge dunk, he played within the offense, and distributed the ball all over the floor (9 assists). He lead the team. He was a leader.
This was the best all around game of the season. The team passed the ball well and had a season high 32 assists. The Jazz scored a season high in points and the correlation between points and assists is obvious, but the Nuggets allowed us a ton of possessions because of their pace of play. The Jazz were amazingly efficient last night with 32 assists on 48 baskets, 7/15 from three, 18/29 from the FT line (could be a lot better) and only 14 turnovers. Normally the Jazz score 97 points on 100 possessions. Last night they scored 121 points on 97 possessions. That is efficiency.
This win, as well as the last five, have been team wins. Yes, on certain nights some guys are shooting better, but none of these wins would have happened without a specific player on a specific night.
The third quarter was one of the best of the season. Double Click for full size Popcorn Machine
The lineup of Miles, Harris, Hayward, Millsap and Jefferson dominated the third quarter outscoring the Nuggets by ten and pushed the lead to 18 heading to the fourth. During that stretch they only had two turnovers and nine assists.
The fourth quarter was a stat pad and highlight real that allowed us to see Earl's return. He Jeremy Evans hooked up on a couple of alley oops that crushed any thought of a miraculous Nugget comeback.
The Road awaits, and so do recommitted Jazz fans. See you Sunday in Atlanta. I can't predict a win or a loss, but I can predict a team effort, which gives us every chance to win.
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