Jazz's Balanced Offense Pushes Them Past Nets, 91-74

Big men Kosta Koufos and Rod Benson powered the Utah Jazz past the New Jersey Nets, 91-74, in the third game of Orlando Pro Summer League action on Day Four. Koufos, who started, and Benson, who came off the bench combined for 26 points and 10 rebounds on 10-of-18 shooting and proved simply too much for the Nets’ Brian Zoubek and Connor Atchley to handle inside. Terrence Williams once again led New Jersey in scoring, with 23 points on 10-of-20 from the floor. He and Damion James accounted for 36 of the Nets’ points and 15 of their 29 baskets. Incidentally, both players left the game late with what appeared to be minor injuries. James may have bruised his left wrist, while Williams was grabbing his left foot/ankle area.

Utah ran a precise, balanced, efficient offensive attack in a way that mush have pleased head coach Jerry Sloan, seated courtside at the RDV SportsPlex. First-round draft choice Gordon Hayward made all four of his shot attempts and scored 11 points, while Sundiata Gaines added 10 points and made two three-pointers. All told, seven of Utah’s 15 players scored at least seven points, and none of them shot worst than 62.5% from the field. Overall, Utah shot an incredible 57.1% from the field.

The Nets’ turnovers did them in, as they committed 19 for 24 Utah points. And other than Williams and James, no one could generate offense, though that’s largely because those two players dominate the ball. Absolutely no inside presence for New Jersey, whose efforts to post-up Zoubek were ineffective. He scored five points on five shooting possessions and never looked comfortable in the low post. Third overall draft choice Derrick Favors didn’t do anything positive of note. New Jersey stationed him on the weakside and had him crash the offensive glass, but did not run many plays for him. He finished with six points on two-of-seven shooting, six rebounds, five fouls, and seven turnovers.

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