NBA Game Summary - Utah at Indiana
(Friday, February 25th)
Final Score: Utah 95, Indiana 84
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Al Jefferson posted 30 points and Devin Harris provided a spark for his new team as Utah topped Indiana, 95-84, giving head coach Tyrone Corbin his first win as head coach of the Jazz.
Paul Millsap contributed 23 points and a season-best 18 rebounds for the Jazz, who snapped a five-game losing streak. That came in the midst of Jerry Sloan's resignation as head coach earlier this month. The Jazz lost their first four games under Corbin, but on Friday Utah limited the Pacers to 34.8 percent shooting and beat Indiana for the eighth time in the last 10 encounters.
Jefferson scored 16 of his points in the final quarter, going 7-of-9 from the field in the deciding stanza.
Harris, who was acquired on Wednesday in the deal that sent All-Star guard Deron Williams to New Jersey, totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a reserve role. Rookie forward Derrick Favors, also obtained in the Harris package, had six points.
"Devin and Derrick came in and did a great job with not knowing a lot of the plays," Corbin said. "The effort was great. They pushed the ball up the floor. They did a good job of fighting guys on defense."
Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, who grew up a life-long Pacers fan, having attended high school in Brownsburg, Ind. and college at Butler University, had just two points in his return to his native state.
Danny Granger scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Indiana, which won its previous two games. Darren Collison added 16 points and Roy Hibbert 14, but the Pacers went just 2-of-14 from three-point range.
"We couldn't make shots, we couldn't rebound," Granger said. "We got kicked on the boards, so our overall rating for the game would be a total 'F'. They were big and strong and got after us and we just didn't respond."
Tyler Hansbrough, who went 1-of-11 from the field, gave Indiana a 66-65 lead by sinking a free throw 54 seconds into the fourth quarter. Utah later broke a tie when Favors sank a jumper for a 69-67 lead.
Jefferson's jump shot expanded the margin to 77-69 with under seven minutes remaining and his tip-in provided an 83-71 cushion. That capped a 12-2 burst with 5:07 remaining.
Granger's three-ball closed the gap to 87-82 with barely under a minute left, but Jefferson's floating jumper and his jam, off a feed from C.J. Miles, sealed Corbin's first triumph.
Indiana struggled to a 5-of-24 shooting first quarter, on the way to a 24-13 deficit after 12 minutes. The hosts used a 13-2 spurt in the second to tie the game at 34, but the Pacers went to the locker room facing a 43-38 deficit.
The Pacers trailed nearly the entire third quarter, but managed to tie the game at 63 with 66 seconds left following a pair of A.J. Price free throws. Harris then escaped for a layup to represent the final points of the period.
Pacers forward Mike Dunleavy is expected to be sidelined six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery Friday to repair a fracture in his left thumb...Utah held a 56-46 rebounding advantage...The Pacers lost for just the second time in their last eight home games...Andrei Kirilenko also had 14 points for Utah.
02/25 23:27:48 ET