Found November 13, 2012 on NBA 24/7 365:
The Utah Jazz have some big decisions (pun intended) to make going forward, but the unmatched depth of their frontcourt continues to pay dividends for the time being. In Toronto, Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson, and Derrick Favors basically made all the plays throughout an exhilarating triple-overtime marathon that saw 277 total points get scored. The madness began when Jefferson knocked down a game-tying three-point shot to knot the game at 104 with 2 seconds to go in regulation. Al was wide open for the shot, but for good reason — he was just 1-25 on career three-point attempts prior to this shot… Note: Al Jefferson should probably sign with Toronto this offseason, as the Air Canada Center seems to bring him luck. As you can see, the Jazz went big in order to incorporate all three of Jefferson, Favors, and Millsap down the stretch. While this may surprise some of you, Millsap has slowly transformed from a scrappy hustler into one of the more skilled and versatile fours in the game. He’s also got a penchant for hitting big shots, and he got plenty of opportunities to do so against the Raptors. Millsap nailed a three-pointer in each overtime, making him 8-12 from distance on the season. His 34 points were a team high, and they came on just 16 shots. Millsap was a factor at the defensive end, too. Utah wouldn’t have been able to play the lineup that they did throughout crunch time if not for Millsap’s ability to move his feet on the perimeter, where not only is he capable, but actually very good. This understated strength of his game was demonstrated when he was asked to prevent DeMaR DeRoZaN, who finished with a game-high 37, from scoring what would’ve been a game-winner at the end of OT #1. Impressively, Millsap forced the hyper-athletic wing to settle for a spinning jump shot that had virtually no chance to be made. Had DeRoZaN been able to get around Millsap, he probably would’ve encountered Derrick Favors at the rim. In super-clutch fashion, Favors had three of his four blocks in the fourth quarter/overtime. One of them came on the final possession of regulation when he stepped out to the elbow area to stifle a potential game-winning jump shot by Terrence Ross. Though he comitted one bad foul on a long Bargnani jumpshot, Favors also excelled in his individual match up. As he finished the game with 15 points on 6-12, Bargnani failed to score a basket in the final 35 minutes. Jefferson, Millsap, and Favors ultimately combined to score 44 of Utah’s 58 points in the fourth quarter and all three OTs. They also acconted for 32 rebounds, 7 blocks, and 5 assists in the win. John Lucas III’s third basket of the season: I pretty much called this while I was watching the game with my dad. I actually predicted that Lucas would miss, but still… I called John Lucas for three! Shout-out to DeMaR DeRoZaN on his career-high 37-point night. He was basically the only Raptor who experienced any success in making plays for himself down the stretch (take this one, for example). DeRoZaN has actually had a really solid season thus far… he’s averaging career bests across the board on a respectable 45% from the floor. Welcome to the Jason Richardson time machine! Okay, so that wasn’t exactly on par with some of his 360s from the past… but it still made me feel happy in a nostalgic kind of way. Richardson’s fast-break display was just one of his many buckets (20 points), and one of many spectacular finishes by players from both teams. Jrue Holiday and Monta Ellis converted some nifty layups, but Brandon Jennings takes the cake with this nonsensical wrong-hand reverse. Jennings, who was likely fired up over the fact that Jrue Holiday got a $41 million extension and he didn’t, exploded for 33 points on 21 shots (also had 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks). He really got going at the end of the second quarter when he scored 10 consecutive Bucks points. Prior to laying a 13-point egg in the fourth quarter, the Sixers kept themselves in this game with their three-point shooting. Dorell Wright and Jason Richardson had seven combined makes through three quarters, but from that point forward Philly was brick city.  They missed all their threes in the fourth and went on to lose by nine. If Larry Sanders could figure out how to stop fouling he’d probably lead the league in rebounding and shot blocking. Sanders grabbed another nine rebounds (his average) and swatted one shot (averages 2.5) despite limiting himself to just 17 minutes by hacking five times. Sanders is 7th in the league in rebound rate (couldn’t tell you exactly what that is, but it sounds like a measure that backs up my point) and spares Milwaukee of Samuel Dalembert’s stupidity when he’s able to stay on the court. Rajon Rondo came up a rebound shy of a triple-double (20/9/10), but he kept his streak of 10-assist games alive as he found Brandon Bass for a dunk in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Oddly, Chicago elected not to foul despite being down by 4 with something like 25 seconds to go. Maybe the Bulls are fans of Rajon Rondo? Everyone else is… but based on Boston and Chicago’s recent history, that seems unlikely. Maybe they have something against John Stockton, whose mark was passed by Rondo last night (Magic Johnson retains the ultimate record for now). The Celtics have beaten two .500 teams since inserting Jason Terry into the starting lineup. Terry has made 10 of 17 shots and is averaging 14 PPG in the two games.  I assume he’ll continue to start all games not against Washington. Things that 0-8 teams do: blow 11-point fourth-quarter leads. I’m of course referring to the Pistons, who led the Thunder by double digits with 11 minutes to go… and trailed by a bucket with 8 minutes to go. Detroit was held scoreless for over four minutes to begin the fourth and missed 15 of their first 16 shots in the quarter. Following the game, Lawrence Frank cited his team’s inability to adjust to OKC’s switching on screens. I cite Scott Brooks’ decision to stick with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for a combined 88 minutes. Against the Pistons, Scott? C’mon son. Have a little shame. LeBron James was unstoppable as he led Miami from behind to beat Houston 113-110. James drilled 5 of 8 threes in the second half as he scored 32 of his 38 points, including 18 of his team’s last 25. His run was highlighted by a thirty-foot bomb that brought the Heat to within one, and then the killer crossover/layup that put them in the lead for good. LeBron exercised his dominance in many facets of the game as he scored or assisted on 14 of Miami’s last 21 field goals and stifled James Harden’s last-ditch effort to tie the game at the buzzer (Harden, a fine scorer, looked like a small child trying to iso his big brother). Raekwon Feat. Ghostface Killah and Jeremy Lin — Ice Water Remix In all seriousness, though… don’t be mad at Jeremy Lin.  All he did was sign on the dotted line. Nikola Pekovic was dominating the Mavericks (20 points on 8-13) until he sprained his left ankle by stepping on Vince Carter’s foot. The Timberwolves, who are off to a great start at 5-2, went on to win the game without their leading scorer, but will be without four of five starters if Pekovic misses any time. How Vince Carter’s foot survived being stepped on by Nikola Pekovic, I have no idea. Must’ve been wearing his steel toe Nikes or something. In other injury news, The Sixers are now saying Andrew Bynum’s knee will keep him out until January. Must be one hell of a bone bruise. Box Score Observations: DeShawn Stevenson and Kyle Korver made 6 of 10 threes to lead the Hawks past the Blazers 95-87. JJ Hickson racked up 19 points and 18 boards. The Phoenix Suns took 94 shots to Denver’s 76 as they beat the Nuggets 110-100. All five Phoenix starters (as well as Markieff Morris and Shannon Brown off the bench) scored 10 or more. Denver got 14 and 11 from Kenneth Faried. Jrue Holiday nearly had a triple-double in Milwaukee with 25 points, 8 turnovers, and 6 assists. Luol Deng posted 26 and 11 in Chicago’s loss to Boston. Russell Westbrook tooled on Brandon Knight as he went for 33 and 10. Highlight Recap, Blocked Shots Edition:
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Jeff Green Dunked on Al Jefferson last night, got a T

Boston Celtic Jeff Green destroyed Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson last night. Green got a technical for his, dunno, eyes? “It felt good,” Green said about the dunk. “I was just trying to make a... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com

Al Jefferson hints that he'd love to play for Boston again

CSNNE's Sherrod Blakely posted a piece on Al Jefferson's return to Boston after the Celtics-Jazz game on Wednesday night. While most of the discussion about Big Al related to Jeff Green's monster dunk on him, Jefferson scored 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against the Celtics, and Doc Rivers highly touted his former player: "He just keeps getting better and...

Celtics Trail 46-44 at the Half Behind Millsap’s 10 and 5

The Jazz hold a slight 46-44 lead over the Celtics at the half behind 10 points each from Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap. The Jazz have dominated the paint, but have been held back by mediocre shooting and a lack of dynamic ball movement. Most of the Jazz’ baskets have come on offensive rebounds, post [...]

Jazz beat Raptors in 3OT

The Utah Jazz didn't just work overtime to earn their first road win of the season. They worked three of them. Paul Millsap scored seven of his 34 points in the third overtime, Al Jefferson had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and the Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors 140-133 Monday night. ''I can't say enough about how our team hung in there,'' Jazz coach Tyrone...

Utah pulls out triple-overtime win at Toronto

TORONTO -- The second 3-pointer of Al Jefferson's NBA career bounced tantalizingly before dropping through the rim. It was the start of something big for the Utah Jazz. Jefferson was 1-for-25 from beyond the arc in his nine-year career when he made a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation Monday to tie the game against the Toronto Raptors at 104-104, forcing overtime...

Jeff Green destroys Al Jefferson on dunk (Video)

Jeff Green destroyed Al Jefferson with a monstrous, soul-crushing dunk on Wednesday night in Boston. The Boston Celtics forward took a pass in the corner and drove to the hole where he elevated from the middle of the paint and just slammed one down on the Jazz big man. Green then stared down Jefferson for good measure, receiving a technical foul for taunting. Not only did his teammates...

Jeff Green Huge Slam Dunk Over Al Jefferson (Video)

Jeff Green is back this season after missing all of last year with a heart condition.  This wasn't a bad way to get his name back out there.  Green had a huge slam dunk over Al Jefferson in the fourth quarter of the Celtics win over the Jazz tonight that turned a few eyes.  Check out the dunk below and hopefully Mr. Green will have more to come. Check out our...

Jeff Green Has An Aerial Display Directly On Al Jefferson’s Head

Halfway through the fourth quarter of the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics game, Jeff Green of the Celtics found some superhuman leaping abilities and applied them accordingly. Jeff drove down the lane and dunked over two defenders, but Al Jefferson was the one who ended up on a very life-sized poster. The dunk is an easy early season candidate for dunk of the year. Article found on: Cosby Sweaters

Celtics Live Blog: Kevin Garnett, C’s Open Doors for Season’s Only Trip to Boston for Al Jefferson, Jazz

8 a.m. ET: Back above .500 and quietly winners of four of their last five games, the Celtics return home from their two-game road trip to give the Utah Jazz their only taste of TD Garden cooking this season. Al Jefferson, who has blossomed into one of the league’s best offensive big men, leads the up-and-down Jazz into Boston. After beginning the season with a win over the Mavericks...

Jazz-Raptors Preview

A four-game road trip for a team yet to win away from home doesn't seem ideal, but the Utah Jazz have reason to believe their jaunt will get started on a positive note. Utah can avoid dropping to 0-5 as a visitor for the first time in 25 years by winning its seventh consecutive road meeting with the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. The Jazz pulled away for a 94-81 win against...

Boston Celtics vs. Utah Jazz: Postgame Analysis

Photo by AP The Boston Celtics (5-3) squeeze out a 98-93 victory at home against the Utah Jazz (4-5) on Wednesday night. Once again, Paul Pierce keeps his consistency moving with 23 points, two rebounds, and two assists. On the flip side, Paul Millsap posted 20 points and 12 rebounds in the defeat. Here are some key points that made the Celtics receive their third consecutive victory...

Starting 5: Free basketball!

Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1: It keeps going... and going... It was an unlikely hero in regulation that sent the game to overtime. And into the rabbit hole we went. Al Jefferson hit a 3-pointer that hit just about every part of the rim before falling in that sparked a triple overtime battle between the Raptors...

Celtics Locker Room Report: Jeff Green is Finally Being an A-Hole

Kevin Garnett whips a cross-court pass to Jeff Green in the weak-side corner. Green gives a slight up-fake and takes off down the lane. Now it’s time to go all-in or get shut down. Let’s go all in. Green has Al Jefferson directly in front of him with Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors surrounding him. [...]

How we see it goin’ down: Celtics – Jazz

Tip: 7:30 PM     Court: TD Garden    Watch it: CSN  Hear it: WEEI Referees:  Mike Callahan, Eric Dalen and Brian Forte  Get your tickets here The Matchup     Record: 4-3 Record: 4-4 At Home: 1-2 On Road: 1-4 Streak: Won 2 Streak: Won 2 Leaders Leaders Buckets: Pierce (19.3 ppg) Buckets: Mo Williams (16.9 ppg) Boards: Garnett (8.1 rpg) Boards: Al Jefferson...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.