Posted by: TACOREV on February 13th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Rolling on all cylinders, the Jazz run away with a huge win over the Thunder (39-13, 16-10 away).
Jefferson’s 23 & 7 led the Jazz, with Millsap finishing not too far off a triple-double with 18/10/6. Favors scored 15 while Carroll and Burks each chipped in 13 off the bench.
Kevin Durant posted a 33/6/5/4 performance and Russell Westbrook added 22 to lead OKC. Reggie Jackson scored 12 off the bench, while Serge Ibaka put in 10 points with seven blocks.
Great all-around effort tonight by the Jazz. It really makes me wonder how good this team could be if Corbin could get everybody to play with that kind of effort more consistently.
The players I tend to complain about did pretty well tonight. Although Jefferson’s 23 points came on 22 shots, he was playing with an all-around effort that we rarely see from him. Tinsley was getting destroyed by Westbrook on the defensive end, but had six assists and hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the second half to help open up a big lead on the Thunder. Watson also had one of his better games.
Carroll was absolutely everywhere tonight. The dude hustles harder than anyone on the floor, and was doing all kinds of stuff that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. Despite Durant going for 33, Carroll played as good a D as you can on a superstar scorer during the stints in which he guarded KD.
Burks also continues to make big plays and solid contributions when given minutes. He had a handful of mistakes, but he doesn’t shy away when he makes them.
Now standing at 29-24 (20-6 at home), the seventh-place Jazz (a game and a half out of sixth) head to Minnesota to face the T-Wolves tomorrow night for the last game before the All-Star break. Let’s just hope they don’t pull a classic Jazz letdown act and lose to a bad team right after beating a good one.
Jazz player of the game: DeMarre Carroll
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