The Utah Jazz never cease to amaze me. Just when I am starting to think that their 8-game winning streak is in jeopardy against the LA Clippers, Ronnie Price turns up the heat to start the 4th quarter, and the Jazz eventually cruise to a 10-point victory. Yes, Ronnie Price! The seldom-mentioned backup point guard opened up the 4th quarter scoring 8 straight points for the Jazz, including back-to-back 3-pointers that regained the lead for Utah. If Price doesn’t step up in that spot, I am not so sure that the Jazz leave the Staples Center with a victory.
Although Price did have a huge stretch in the beginning of the 4th, he was not the only noteworthy contributor for the Jazz. Carlos Boozer, a guy that I expected to have a big game coming in, made me look like a genius, as he dominated the Clippers with 34 points and 14 rebounds. His new arch-nemisis, Chris Kaman, was not nearly as impressive, as he tallied 19 points (5-14 from the field) and 7 rebounds. Believe me, the All-Star talk was definitely a big topic of conversation following this game. (How David Stern messed up).
In my opinion, the best part about this win was that Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko combined for just 23 points. Why is that a good thing? Because it shows that the Jazz don’t rely on only their best players to get the job done. Rather, they got small contributions from everyone, which really added up in the end. Normally, when 2 of your top 3 players don’t have a great game, your team is very likely to lose that contest. And not only did the Jazz not lose this game, but they actually came back from an 11-point deficit in the 3rd quarter. They were able to play within Jerry Sloan‘s system, and they took the production from wherever it came from. That is the sign of a strong, smart team.
In their next contest, the Utah Jazz will be going for their 10th straight win, when they face LA’s other team, the Lakers, at ESA.
– This was the first game that the Jazz won, when they trailed coming into the 4th quarter.
– Every Jazz player who entered the game scored at least 1 point.
– The Jazz were +17 with CJ Miles on the floor.
– The Jazz improved their road record to 10-12.
– Carlos Boozer admitted that he wanted to ‘show-up’ Kaman.
– Kyle Korver played for the first time in 3 games, and he scored 2 points in just under 6 minutes.
– 9 in-a-row baby!!!