The Utah Jazz bounced back with a lopsided 112-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Friday night in Salt Lake City after two disappointing losses.
With 1.5 games ahead of the LA Clippers, the Jazz (38-24) currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
In 34 minutes, George Hill led all scorers with 34 points, while Derrick Favors double-doubled with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Late into the fourth quarter, the two capped the victory with back-to-back 3-pointers.
However, Gordon Hayward (12 points, six assists), Joe Ingles (12 points, four 3-pointers) and Rudy Gobert (11 points, two blocks) also scored in double figures in the win.
Quincy Acy came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points for the Nets (10-50), while Brook Lopez added 17 points and former Jazz forward Trevor Booker scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.
Hill got things back on track with a season-high 34 points, after shooting 7-for-18 from the field over his past two games. From the field, he shot 10-for-12 and 11-for-12 from the line, and he also finished with a team-high seven assists. When Hill scores at least 20 point the Jazz are now 14-1s .
Coming out of the gates fast, the Jazz outscoring Brooklyn 15-4 in the first four minutes. Favors (two turnaround jumpers and an alley-oop slam) and Hill (a 3-pointer, a scooping layup and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line) scored all 15 of those points for the Jazz.
Even though Utah led throughout, Brooklyn hung around until early in the second half when Jazz blew the game open with a 12-2 run that was punctuated by a baseline drive and dunk by Hayward.
From the field, Utah’s starters shot a scorching 70.5 percent (31-for-44). Hill (10-for-12), Favors (8-for-9) and Gobert (4-for-4) led the way, while Hayward (5-for-11) and Ingles (4-for-8) also played well.
The Jazz finished with 25 assists which is nearly six more than their season average of 19.5. Hill (seven), Hayward (six), Boris Diaw (four) and Favors (three) led the team in assists.
On the franchise’s all-time blocked shots list, Gobert passed Paul Millsap into seventh place on the franchise’s all-time blocked shots list. Early in the fourth quarter Booker picked up a technical foul. Utah’s starters outscored Brooklyn’s starters 88 to 41.
The Nets were able to score 15 second-chance points while the Jazz scored one. Rodney Hood (knee) missed his second straight game. Joe Johnson (groin) was also out for Utah. The Jazz shot 12-for-26 (46.2 percent) from 3-point range.
On Sunday, the Jazz will hit the road to face the Sacramento Kings.