The Jazz outlasted a shorthanded and tired Denver Nuggets team Monday night after Andre Iguodala was thrown out of the Energy Solutions Arena with 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Nuggets torched the Jazz for 65 first half points on 73% shooting from the field mostly on fast break highlight reel dunks and lay ups out of the high pick and roll.
The Jazz clamped down defensively in the second half behind the stellar play of Derrick Favors who finished the night with 19 points, seven rebounds, and 2 blocks in only 24 minutes of play. Al Jefferson carried the offensive load for the Jazz with 28 points on 15 shot attempts from the field and eight of 10 makes from the free throw line.
Coach Tyrone Corbin may finally be settling on a rotation for the Jazz 15 games into the season. The Jazz played all four of their big men tonight, Al Jefferson recording 33 minutes of action, Derrick Favors played 24, Paul Millsap saw 23 minutes with Enes Kanter playing only 14 minutes. Most importantly, for the second time in three games, Corbin closed the game with Derrick Favors in place of starter Paul Millsap. If this trend continues, we may be seeing the first signs of how the Jazz plan to assemble their roster for the future.
After the game Corbin talked about the potential they showed in the second half: