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Rookie Alec Burks scored 18 points and NBA Slam Dunk champ Jeremy Evans led a 10-0 fourth-quarter run as the playoff-bound Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 96-94 Thursday night.
Utah finished the season on a five-game winning streak and will face top-seeded San Antonio in a first-round Western Conference matchup starting Sunday.
J.J. Hickson scored 20 points and Jonny Flynn added 18 to lead the injury-depleted Blazers, who didn't qualify for the postseason for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Evans rarely plays but saw extensive action as Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin played his starters sparingly. Evans finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Wesley Matthews had a chance to win it for Portland but his 3-pointer missed with 2.4 seconds left.
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The Utah Jazz had their rookie Enes Kanter give the end of the year speech to Jazz fans and it didn’t disappoint. The speech was to the point, motivational, and featured the best mic drop we have since Beyonce announced her pregnancy at last year’s MTV Music Awards. The Utaz Jazz players’ reactions were priceless.
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If Enes Kanter wasn’t a Jazz fan favorite before, he is now. The 19-year-old Turkish rookie has only played limited minutes this season, but the dude is hardcore. Oh yes. Kanter seemed to be pushed by his teammates to deliver a pregame speech to Jazz fans prior to the team’s game against Portland on Thursday, and he knocked it out of the park.
Kanter straight up grabbed the...
I have watched an average amount of Enes Kanter this season, but I may just watch a heck of a lot more of the player after he gave this end of the year speech to the Utah Jazz fans. It was multiplied X amount of times because he did an ACTUAL mic drop. You don’t understand, [...]
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