Playing on road takes toll late in season for Jazz

Mar 26 2013 - 12:30am

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SALT LAKE CITY -- They understand.

Playing road games in the NBA isn't an task, winning them is even tougher.

The Utah Jazz know it and so do the Philadelphia 76ers.

Before Monday's game at EnergySolutions Arena -- a 16-point Jazz win -- Philadelphia coach Doug Collins praised his team's toughness in ending a 15-game road losing streak Sunday night at Sacramento.

"I don't think there's a coach in the league that could be more proud of their guys, right now, than I am," Collins said.

They know all about road struggles. Before beating the Kings on Sunday, Philadelphia hadn't won a road game since beating the Lakers on Jan. 1.

But while the Sixers were ending their road losing streak on Sunda, the Jazz were adding to theirs. They fell to the Mavericks in Dallas, running their road skid to nine straight.

Utah hasn't won a road game since beating the Timberwolves on Feb. 13, just before the All-Star break.

Coach Tyrone Corbin said his guys had some good moments during recent losses at Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. However, a few good stretches hardly makes up for putting another mark in the loss column.

Third-year Jazzman Gordon Hayward said communication is key when playing on the road.

"It's harder (to communicate on the road) because something happens at home, like a bad play or something, then you can turn around and have a good play and the crowd will pick up you," he said. "On the road, nobody's going to pick you up. You've got to pick yourself up as teammates."

GAME 70

Jazz 107, Sixers 91

* BEST PLAY: Mo Williams dives for a loose ball, controls it and from his backside makes a pass ahead to Hayward, who swoops in for a dunk to give the Jazz a 50-40 lead with 2:17 left before halftime. Seconds later, Williams picks up another loose ball and drives in for a layup of his own.

* BEST LINE: Randy Foye finished with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting. He went 3-for-6 behind the 3-point line and also added three rebounds, an assist and two blocked shots.

* KEY STAT: The Jazz outscored the Sixers 31-19 in the second quarter, effectively taking them out of the game. Philadelphia was held to just 35 percent shooting and made seven turnovers.

* HISTORY LESSON: Monday marked the 40th anniversary of Philadelphia's foray into basketball badness. On March 25, 1973, the 76ers finished their season with a 9-73 record, becoming the worst team in NBA history. They used two coaches that season: Roy Rubin (4-47) and Kevin Loughery (5-26).

The Charlotte Bobcats went 7-59 last season but it was shortened to 66 games because of a lockout.

* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz went into Monday's game relatively healthy, or at least they didn't list anyone on the pregame injury report. ... Philadelphia went without Andrew Bynum (knee) and Jason Richardson (knee). Richardson hasn't played since Jan. 18. Bynum has yet to play this season.

* ETC.: During a stretch of the second quarter the Sixers had turnovers on five consecutive possessions. ... The Jazz led from the beginning and never trailed. ... Hayward scored eight of his 15 points in the first quarter. ... Utah's 58 points in the first half was the most the Jazz had scored in the first half since putting up 59 on Miami on Jan. 14. ... Derrick Favors has recorded three or more blocked shots in six of his last 10 games.

* UP NEXT: The Jazz will play three more games this week, two of them at EnergySolutions Arena. They'll play host to Phoenix on Wednesday and Brooklyn on Saturday. They'll also make a trip to Portland, Ore. to face the Trail Blazers on Friday.

 

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