3-point shots: Jazz heat up

Extra observations from the offensive explosion that was the Jazz’s 113-105 win over the Cavaliers and their fifth victory in a row:
POINT 1: Al Jefferson was the story and star of the game. That happens when you light up the scoreboard with 30 points on 13-for-17 shooting and grab a dozen rebounds.
My favorite stat of Big Al’s?
His three assists.
Jefferson made one particularly great pass from the perimeter to Earl Watson, who received it while dashing down the lane and finished with a nice layup.
POINT 2: It sounds clich to talk about team efforts, but this really seemed like one even with the combined 49 points and 22-for-27 shooting by Jefferson and Paul Millsap.
Gordon Hayward couldn’t find his shot (1-for-5) after scoring a season-high 18, but he dished out a career-best eight assists.
Raja Bell made it back to the game just in the nick of time after spending the afternoon with his newborn boy and wife, Cindi, at LDS Hospital. And he had a strong third quarter with six points, chipping in with some good drives on his special day.
Earl Watson had one of the best assists of the year – a no-look pass to Big Al for a big stuff – and finished with five dimes.
Derrick Favors dominated at times with 14 points before joining Millsap on the fouled-out portion of the bench.
Devin Harris had a quiet night, but he made a terrific fast-break pass from behind midcourt to Hayward, who touch-passed it to Bell for a layup and a well-executed transition play.
Even the C.J. Miles reemerged after having been forgotten over the weekend. His 3-pointer with 36.0 seconds remaining was a shot in the arm for him and the Jazz.
And then there was …
POINT 3: Tuesday’s 17-point effort wasn’t Josh Howard‘s season-high – he dropped 18 in the San Antonio smackdown – but this seemed like his best all-around game. The athletic veteran made some dazzling drives and reverse layups.
Now if he could only hit a 3-pointer. He’s 0-for-8 on the season.

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Jody Genessy

Jody Genessy is the Utah Jazz beat writer for the Deseret News. To answer some of your questions: 1) Yes, he travels everywhere the Jazz do. 2) No, he doesn't fly on the team charter. 3) No, he can't sneak you into the game, let you take notes for him or get you tickets (sorry, Mom). 4) Yes, he realizes that other people out there have to work for a living so he's a lucky dude. 5) Yes, he usually answers questions in the third person.

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