– The Utah Jazz‘s performance on Tuesday night was outright offensive… to the Bulls’ fans at the United Center. Utah showed amazing offensive firepower all night long, as they cruised to their second highest point total of the season (132). To understand just how well the Jazz played on offense, here are a few stats: 1. The Jazz had 7 players score in double figures. 2. The lowest amount of points that they scored in one quarter was 28. 3. No player had a negative +/-. 4. They shot 12-20 from 3, including CJ Miles‘ 6-7 from downtown. 5. Deron Williams had a season-high 17 assists. 6. They scored 40 points in the 4th quarter. 7. Othyus Jeffers scored.
– Even though the Jazz blew out the Bulls by the time the game was over, they did not begin dominating the game until the end of the 3rd quarter. With the game tied at 77 after a Kirk Hinrich layup, Utah went on a 15-4 run to close out the 3rd, and they took an 11 point lead going into the 4th. Once that run happened, the game was pretty much determined.
– Like I feared, Deron Williams had trouble defending Derrick Rose, as the youngster out of Memphis scored 25 points and dropped 13 dimes. Fortunately for Williams, both of those numbers were less than Rose gave up to him. In fact, the 28 points and 17 assists by Williams equated to one of his best performances of the season. Oh, and let’s not forget THIS VISCIOUS DUNK.
– What up doe? CJ Miles had a brilliant game, as he scored 26 points in 19 minutes off of the bench. Like I mentioned earlier, Miles connected on a ridiculous 6-7 three-pointers. In addition, he had 2 steals and a blocked shot. Although these types of games rarely ever happen for Miles, it is great to know that he is capable of them. This guy was truly stroking it.
– One thing that was surprising to me was that Memo didn’t put up bigger numbers, specifically because of the absence of Joakim Noah. Yes, he did have 14 points, but 8 of them came from the free throw line. Memo is known for his shooting ability, so it was a little bit of a let-down to me that he only shot 3-8 from the field (0-3 from 3). But when your teams scores 132 points, I guess you can’t really complain.
– I just got a great little stat nugget from David Locke: Since All-Star Break the Jazz are +107 with the Kyle Korver on the floor. 270 floor minutes. I realized that the Jazz were a lot better when Korver was on the floor, but I didn’t realize they were that good. Adding the element of a consistent 3-point shooter is something that has elevated this team a ton, and it is a main reason why the Jazz have been scoring so many points lately. Keeping Korver healthy will be a huge factor come playoff time.
– With the win, the Jazz clinched at least a .500 winning percentage for the season. This is the 26th occurrence in their last 27 seasons.