Nets lose 108-73 to Jazz

Sunday, January 25, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY -- Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and Trey Burke had 19 as the Utah Jazz rolled to a 108-73 win over the reeling Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

Joe Ingles had a season-high 16 points and Dant Exum had 13 in his second straight start in front of Burke, who came off the bench.

Jarrett Jack had 16 points and Mason Plumlee added 11 for the Nets, who have dropped three of four.

One game after Brooklyn's worst defeat of the season - 123-84 to the Clippers - the Nets were again listless.

They are 3-10 in January and a half-game back of Charlotte for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

There has been a little drama over 19-year-old Exum, the fifth overall pick in last year's draft, supplanting Burke so early. But if they both play the way they did against the Nets, it may not matter who starts.

With Alec Burks out for the season and his replacement, Rodney Hood, out for a few more weeks, Exum and Burke played together for stretches.

The combination worked well as the Jazz looked to run at every opportunity on the sluggish Nets. The Jazz had 27 fast-break points to Brooklyn's nine.

Instead of sulking, Burke played with an aggressive attitude from the moment he entered the game.

The Jazz made 9 of 13 3-pointers on their way to a 58-37 halftime lead. Burke had four and Ingles made three from beyond the arc.

Utah led 25-22 when Burke sparked a 15-4 run with a 3-pointer and finished the surge with another long-range jumper to make it 40-26. The Jazz led by double-digits the rest of the way.


Nets: Deron Williams, who played his first 51/2 seasons in Utah, missed his ninth game with a rib injury. ... The Nets were outrebounded 42-29 and shot just 38.7 percent. ... To add insult to injury, a Brooklyn 3-pointer to beat the shot clock in the fourth quarter was overturned on video review.

Jazz: Utah shot 53.2 percent from the field, just off its season high of 53.4 at Orlando on Dec. 19. ... The Jazz made 11 of their first 15 3-point attempts and then missed their next 10. ... Even though the Jazz were up by 35, seldom-used Jeremy Evans received an ovation for a spectacular block in the final minute.

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