SALT LAKE CITY -- With Al Jefferson, there aren't many secrets.
The Charlotte center isn't the biggest big man in the NBA, nor does have have a bag full of low post moves to mesmerize opposing players. Instead, the former Jazzman has refined his best move: backing down his opponent then following it up with an up-and-under pivot and a close-range right-handed shot -- sometimes a hook, other times a floater -- at the basket.
It's not fancy but it's effective, his former teammates said before Monday's game.
"Everybody in the NBA knows what he likes to do on the court," Derrick Favors said following Utah's shootaround. "It's no secret but he's effective at doing it."
Jefferson, 29, has played nearly 20,000 minutes and more than 650 games in the NBA. He came into Monday's game at EnergySolutions Arena averaging 17 points and 10.3 rebounds in 22 games this season.
"You can't stop what he does," Favors said. "He's one of those post players, he's going to do his move and you can't stop him. The only thing you can do is make it tough on him."
Jefferson played three season in Utah, averaging 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 221 games, all starts.
During his time with the Jazz he became popular in the locker room, particularly with Favors and Enes Kanter, whom he mentored.
Jefferson said he was looking forward to going against his friends and former teammates.
"(That battles with them) goes back three years from practice, from training camps and stuff," he said. "They're always good battles. Those guys have really stepped their post game up to another level. They got a lot smarter and understand what it takes to score down there. I remember last game (Dec. 21 in Charlotte), Favors hit a shot on me and he said, 'Yeah, I've been working on that.' I said, 'I see.'"
Jefferson scored 18 points on 8-for-23 shooting Monday. He hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the game closer than the final score indicated. It was only his fourth 3-pointer of his career.
"We made him work," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "Al is Al and he's a tremendous player. A great, great guy first of all. We really enjoyed having him here. We hate losing him, we wish him well."
Jazz 83, Bobcats 80
* BEST PLAY: With his team clinging to a one-point lead the shot clock running down, Trey Burke drives to the basket on Charlotte's Kemba Walker and calmly scores a layup, giving the Jazz an 80-77 lead with 19 seconds remaining.
* BEST LINE: Burke finished with a game-high 21 points to go along with five assists, three rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot.
* KEY STAT: Indicative of the game's slow pace, each team's poor shooting and some good defense, the Jazz and Bobcats combined for just 14 fastbreak points (10 for Charlotte, four for Utah).
* SIDELINE MOMENT: The crowd at ESA gave Jefferson a loud, positive welcome when he was introduced as part of the Bobcats' starting lineup.
* TAKING A LOOK AT THE ROOKS: Burke went into Monday's game ranked second among all rookies in scoring, averaging 13.4 points per game. Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams was the leader, averaging 17.8 PPG. Charlotte's Cody Zeller ranked No. 13, averaging 5.3 PPG and seventh in rebounding, averaging 4.5 RPG.
* COMMUNITY ASSIST: The Jazz announced Monday that Favors and Kanter are providing an assist in the form of donated tickets to Jazz fans.
According to a press release from the team, each player has purchased 60 tickets to every home game throughout the 2013-14 season as part of the "Favors' Friends" and "Kanter's Korner" ticket programs.
The tickets will be donated to a variety of community organizations, enabling nearly 5,000 fans to attend a game this season.
For consideration, representatives from interested charitable organizations may log on to www.utahjazz.com/playerticketdonations to submit an application. The Utah Jazz community relations department will contact all selected organizations directly to coordinate ticket distributions.
* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz didn't report any injuries prior to the game. Charlotte went without Brendan Haywood (stress fracture, left foot), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (non-displaced fractured, left hand) and Jeffrey Taylor (ruptured right Achilles).
* ETC.: Gordon Hayward picked up three fouls in the first half, two of them on the offensive end, and played only eight minutes. He did shot 3-for-4 from the field and had seven points. ... Alec Burks led the Jazz with 10 points in the first half. ... Gerald Henderson led Charlotte with 10 first-half points. ... The Jazz outscored the Bobcats 11-2 on second-chance points in the first two quarters. ... Jefferson had a double-double and scored at least 10 points and nine rebounds in every game in December. ... Monday marked the Jazz's 10th consecutive victory over the Bobcats and seventh straight home win. ... The Jazz are now 9-7 with the starting lineup of Burke, Hayward, Favors, Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams.
* UP NEXT: The Jazz will play host to Milwaukee on Thursday then travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Friday.
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