Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Gordon Hayward tallied 27 points and
a career-high 10 assists and Diante Garrett played a pivotal role in his Utah
debut as the Jazz won their first game of the season, 111-105, over the New
Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.
Utah, which trailed by 10 points at halftime and as many as 16 early in the
third quarter, battled back to tie the score at 70-70 with a 10-0 surge late
in the third.
Marvin Williams' layup at the 3:18 mark of the fourth put the Jazz in front,
98-97. Richard Jefferson and Jrue Holiday then traded 3's and after a pair of
empty possessions, Garrett's impact was felt. The 25-year old point guard, who
spent the early portion of the season with the Iowa Energy of the NBA
Developmental League, kept his composure down the stretch and found Williams
all alone at the top of the key for a 3-pointer and a 104-100 lead with 1:22
In the final minute, Williams blocked a Holiday layup and Garrett once again
showed his poise, threading the needle with a bounce pass to Derrick Favors to
beat a double team near midcourt. Favors did the rest, finishing in traffic at
the rim, and a pair of Hayward free throws sealed it for Utah.
Jefferson scored 22 points, Enes Kanter had 21 and 10 rebounds and Garrett
scored seven points with five assists off the bench in the victory.
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