Jazz job won't change despite Lowe's legal woes

Feb 20 2013 - 12:39am

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Before Tuesday's game, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said assistant coach Sidney Lowe would not see a change in his duties, even in the wake of his arrest on Monday on income tax charges.

"Absolutely the same," Corbin said, referring to Lowe's responsibilities with the Jazz.

Lowe is alleged to have failed to file North Carolina tax returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He was released Monday on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

"It's a personal situation he's got to deal with," Corbin said. "We support him wholeheartedly. He understands and he's taking responsibility for where he is."

The Jazz have referred all questions regarding Lowe's arrest to his attorney, Lee Turner.

Corbin insisted Lowe's issue has nothing to do with the Jazz and has been careful to keep it from becoming a distraction.

"It's a personal matter," Gordon Hayward said. "It's his thing. We're still professionals and, you know, we're not going to worry about that."

GAME 55

JAZZ 115, WARRIORS 101

* BEST PLAY: Alec Burks puts on a show, slashing through the lane and scoring over Golden State center Festus Ezli. Burks drive past Ezli and flips the ball backward off the glass, using more English than the cast of British TV series Downton Abbey.

* BEST LINE: Big Al Jefferson finished with 24 points on 11-for-18 shooting and also adds five rebounds and three blocked shots.

* KEY STAT: The Jazz shot 50 percent from the field, a far cry from their Dec. 26 loss to the Warriors when they shot just 38 percent. A zone defense worked for Golden State in the previous game; this time, the Jazz's shooting was just too much.

* HISTORY LESSON: On today's date in 1996, Jazz Hall of Famer John Stockton became the NBA's all-time steals leader with 2,311. He surpassed former leader Maurice Cheeks during a victory over the Boston Celtics.

* INJURY REPORT: Point guard Mo Williams (right thumb) partially practiced on Monday and was involved in Tuesday's shootaround. He missed the game has been cleared to do basketball related activities. ... Hayward (right shoulder sprain) went through practice Monday and shootaround Tuesday. He was listed as a "gametime decision." He entered the game at the 4:35 mark of the first period and wound up scoring 17 points in 24 minutes of work.

* PREACH ON, COACH: After the game, Golden State coach Mark Jackson, a former Jazzman, said he still believes in his Warriors, even though they've now dropped six in a row.

"I am not going to jump off this ship," he said. "I believe in my guys."

"I love my guys," he later added. "I believe in them but we have got to find five guys on the floor that are going to scratch, claw and compete because history tells me that the only way out of a funk like this is working our way out of it."

* ETC.: The Jazz now have won three in a row. ... They are now 101-60 against the Warriors all-time. They are 64-17 at home. ... Utah is 8-2 vs. the Warriors over the past 10 games. ... Seven Jazz players reached double figures. The last time they had seven or more players reach double digits was Dec. 7, 2012 in a blowout over the Toronto Raptors. ... Tuesday's win was a wire-to-wire affair for the Jazz, their third this season.

* UP NEXT: The Jazz will face the Los Angeles Clippers Friday at Staples Center. Their next home game is Feb. 25 vs. the Boston Celtics.

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