Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Alec Burks notched 26 points in a
reserve role to help the Utah Jazz edge the Philadelphia 76ers, 105-100, from
Gordon Hayward stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven
assists in Utah's third straight win heading into All-Star weekend. Marvin
Williams tallied 13 points with a season-high 14 rebounds, while Enes
Kanter and Richard Jefferson both contributed 12 points in the triumph.
Burks and Hayward shot a combined 24-of-26 from the free throw line, while the
Sixers made 18-of-23 as a team. Utah's reserves outscored Philadelphia's,
All five Philly starters reached double figures, with Evan Turner's 21 points
leading the way in a losing effort. Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams
each netted 19 and Spencer Hawes scored 16 with 11 boards.
Kanter scored four straight as part of a 6-0 Utah run late in the first
quarter, breaking a 16-16 draw. The Jazz owned a 31-22 edge after 12 minutes
and never trailed the rest of the way.
It was 56-48 at halftime and 60-50 early in the third quarter, but a furious
Sixers rally tied it at 66-apiece with 3:53 to play in the frame. Philly
mustered just three Young foul shots over the remainder of the period, as the
Jazz regained a 78-69 margin.
The lead ballooned to 14 on Jefferson's steal and breakaway slam less than two
minutes into the fourth. Another Philly rally, which Carter-Williams capped
with a jumper and three-point play, tied the score at 91-all with 2:10 to
Once again, the Sixers' offense went cold. Burks made consecutive layups plus
a free throw around a Turner missed jumper. Hawes then missed two straight and
Burks added two more foul shots with a minute to play.
James Anderson, who scored 15 points on five 3-pointers, made three triples in
the final 18.9 seconds, but it wasn't enough as Williams and Hayward both sank
a pair at the charity stripe in the last 11 seconds to secure the outcome.
Jazz center Derrick Favors (right hip) left the contest after just 5:49 and
did not return ... Utah shot just 3-of-16 from the arc ... Philly backup point
guard Tony Wroten was held scoreless for the first time this season.
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