Friday, July 10, 2015

Recap: Jazz 84, 76ers 78 (OT)

The Jazz jumped ahead early, fell behind late, and then fought back to close out the Utah Jazz Summer League with an 84-78 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night in front of 12,128 fans at EnergySolutions Arena.
Utah went 3-0 during the week, while Philadelphia went 1-2.
Bryce Cotton led all scorers with 20 points?including 12 in the fourth quarter and overtime?and added five rebounds, five assists and two steals. JaJuan Johnson scored 12 points, while Jack Cooley and Trey Lyles finished with 10 points each.
Jordan McRae scored a team-high 19 points for the Sixers.
Jerami Grant, who rose up and posterized Brock Motum with a hellacious one-handed slam early in the first quarter, had 10 points in only 17 minutes.
Jahlil Okafor scored 11 points and finished the week averaging 14.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in three games. He also went a combined 4-for-13 from the free-throw line.
Key Stretch
After a 20-7 fourth-quarter run gave Philadelphia a 74-68 lead, the Jazz scored six straight points to tie the game (Cotton hit a jumper and two free throws, then Cooley bounced in two more free throws with 21.1 seconds left).
With the shot clock off, Okafor isolated in the post for a potential game-winner, but Cooley knocked the ball away with under three seconds left. Chris Johnson grabbed the loose ball, sprinted up the court and swished a 30-foot runner ... but the Jazz bench had called a timeout, negating the shot. Cotton got an open look on a corner three at the buzzer, but it rimmed out.
The Jazz, though, kept the late-game momentum and dominated the overtime period.
Thursday's Best
Cotton and Cooley took over down the stretch for the Jazz.
Cotton scored 12 of Utah's final 14 points, including eight straight points in overtime (he sank two jumpers off the dribble and went 4-for-4 from the line). With Danté Exum and Rodney Hood out, Cotton was Utah's offense late in the game.
Meanwhile, Cooley hit the free throws to tie the game in regulation, came up with the huge steal to force overtime, forced a travel by Okafor on Philadelphia's first OT possession, threw down a two-handed dunk off a nice bounce pass from Lyles, and then grabbed three straight rebounds as if his life depended on them?including one where he nearly ripped Furkan Aldemir's arm off?to keep Utah's momentum rolling in overtime.
Significant Stat
The Jazz snagged 13 steals and forced 26 total Philadelphia turnovers, which led to 26 Utah points. On the flip side, the Jazz only turned the ball over 12 times, resulting in five Philadelphia points.
Quote of the Night
"For [young guys] these kinds of situations are invaluable. We spend a lot of the summer in the gym working out, but you can't replicate this. That's the point of summer league."
?Utah summer league head coach Alex Jensen
Notable
Lyles entered the game to a standing ovation with 5:57 left in the first quarter. He went 3-for-9 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line ... The Jazz signed Brazilian point guard Raul Neto to a multiyear contract Thursday. ... Hood (rest) and Exum (ankle) did not play. ... Forward JaJuan Johnson had a perfect shooting night (4-for-4 from the field, 4-for-4 from the line). ... The teams combined to commit 55 fouls.
Up Next
Both the Jazz and the Sixers will participate in the Las Vegas Summer League starting this weekend.

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