The Nets (25-27) defeated the Utah Jazz (19-34) tonight by a score of 105-99.
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Andray Blatche matched a career-high with 25 points (11-of-20) in 31 minutes off the bench.
The Jazz committed 18 turnovers compared to the Nets’ six.
Deron Williams was shaken up with 3:28 to play after taking a shot to the head from Alex Burks, but remained in the game. He finished with 19 points.
This win marks the first time the Nets have swept the season series against the Jazz since the 2006-07 season.
Brian ErniThe Nets trailed by 13 at one point in the third, but used a 29-10 run to eventually take a lead for the first time since early in the first quarter. The stretch was highlighted by a couple of sound shooting decisions by Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, who both knocked down threes to help push the Brooklyn to a road win they desperately needed.
Meanwhile, Blatche was pretty much unstoppable. He had a ton of success going to the front of the rim, and — along with Johnson — was among the Nets’ best weapon on the floor. Blatche’s 20 field goal attempts is a crazy total, but Enes Kanter was giving him plenty of space, and Dray took what Utah gave him.
A couple of sweet behind-the-back dishes from Shaun Livingston. One to set up a lay in for Kevin Garnett, the other to position Johnson to drain a big three in the fourth quarter. Has there been a bigger steal in the league this year than Livingston? I think not.
Rebounding continues to hinder the Nets’ efforts, and nearly sabotaged them tonight. They started out with a 19-9 board deficit before eventually being outrebounded 46-33 for the game. Watching the effort on the glass tonight, it’s hard not to dream about Jordan Hill finding his way into a black-and-white uniform by the time Brooklyn takes the floor on Saturday in the Bay Area.
Mirza Teletovic struggled from deep, but hit two of his final three attempts from downtown, which were huge in keying the Nets’ to victory. Mirza is such a dangerous shooter that even when he’s cold, he can hurt you in a hurry, and he did just that tonight.
The Nets will continue their road trip Saturday night when they visit the Golden State Warriors. Game time is set for 10:30 PM.