SALT LAKE CITY -- Nothing somber. Nothing sad. Nothing sorrowful.
On the heels of a tough three-game road trip in which they battled but lost all three, the Jazz bounced back Monday and spanked the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 107-91 at EnergySolutions Arena.
If the mood was dour after those losses it was positively cheery this time.
"It was a much needed win," coach Tyrone Corbin said, breathing a sigh of relief.
The Jazz (35-26) were serious and almost steely-eyed after the win but the underlying sense of relief also gave way to some happiness.
Nothing silly, mind you -- certainly not considering they've lost nine of their last 12 -- but there were small signs.
For example, there was Corbin's exchange with guard Randy Foye just minutes after the game ended.
Corbin was talking to reporters, bragging about Foye's effort when his starting shooting guard happened to walk by on his way to the locker room.
"Thanks, coach," Foye said without missing a beat. "I appreciate that."
And Corbin's response?
"I appreciate it," he said.
That sort of thing doesn't happen after losses, especially not after a ninth consecutive road loss, which is where the Jazz stand following Sunday night's loss at Dallas.
But that was Sunday. By Monday Utah was feeling hopeful and it showed as the Jazz broke out to an early lead on the struggling Sixers (27-43) and never let up.
In fact, the Jazz led wire-to-wire.
Foye shot 3-for-6 from behind the 3-point line and finished with 17 points to pace the Jazz, who saw seven players reach double figures. Teammate Gordon Hayward added 15 and Derrick Favors came off the bench for 13 point, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Philadelphia, which ended a 15-game road losing streak on Sunday, returned to form, losing for the ninth time in 13 contests.
Reserve Dorell Wright led the way 19 points and center Spencer Hawes added 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Rookie Arnett Moultrie came off the bench for 14 points.
For the Jazz, a major theme of the game was taking advantage of being back on their home floor, where they'll play seven of their next nine games.
"We've got to take advantage of it, that's for sure," Hayward said.
"We are still in the (playoff) hunt," point guard Mo Williams said. "We just have to try and go out and win the games, especially at home."
Another theme was taking the Sixers out early and not letting them up.
Both teams were coming in on the second night of a back-to-back. The Jazz lost in Dallas; the Sixers beat the Kings in Sacramento. However, playing at home, it was important for Utah to hit the Sixers hard in the early going.
"It felt good to finally jump on somebody," Foye said. "We usually wait for somebody to hit us with a hook before we swing back. Tonight we set the tone from the beginning."
The Jazz broke out to a 14-2 run in the first quarter and held on as Philadelphia fought back to make it 27-23 to start the second. But Utah quickly pulled ahead with a couple of double-digit scoring runs and effectively put the game away.
The Jazz won the second quarter, 31-19. In the process they shot 44 percent from the field (11-for-25) and held the Sixers to 35 percent (7-for-20). They also forced them into seven turnovers and recorded five steals and three blocked shots.
Utah increased its lead to 18 points before going into halftime with a 58-42 lead.
With the Lakers loss at Golden State, the Jazz picked up a game on L.A. and Dallas in the Western Conference playoff chase.
Utah plays host to Phoenix on Wednesday.