Jazz tunes up the Sixers

ASSOCIATED PRESS Gordon Hayward, one of seven Jazz players to score in double figures, draws a crowd of Sixers in the lane.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Gordon Hayward, one of seven Jazz players to score in double figures, draws a crowd of Sixers in the lane.
Posted: March 27, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY - The night after the Sixers snapped their 15-game road losing streak at Sacramento, things got back to normal.

Randy Foye scored 17 points, Gordon Hayward added 15 on 3-for-3 shooting beyond the arc and the Utah Jazz beat the Sixers, 107-91, Monday night to halt a four-game losing streak.

"We got off to a horrible start," Sixers coach Doug Collins said, "then we went to the second unit to see if they could get it going and they got to within 45-40. Then we gave them six straight turnovers and they had a 13-0 run."

Dorell Wright scored 19 for the Sixers (27-43), who closed out a four-game Western road trip. Arnett Moultrie added 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting, with eight rebounds.

"It was disappointing," Collins said. "I was hoping we'd be better tonight. We had a clunker against the 'Clips,' then played well against Denver and Sacramento. We did not play well tonight."

Asked if the outcome was due to playing back-to-back days, Collins said: "In this league you're going to play back-to-back. [The Jazz] played last night, too, so I'm not going to give you that excuse."

Jrue Holiday had seven points, one assist and four turnovers in 24 minutes. Evan Turner had six points and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

The most striking statistic was the number of assists for the Sixers.

"We had nine assists and gave them 24 points off turnovers, after we had 31 assists against 'Sac' yesterday," Collins said.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Jazz (35-36), which had dropped 12 of its previous 15 to fall behind the Lakers in the Western Conference playoff race. Utah plays seven of its final 11 games at home, where the Jazz is 25-9.

Derrick Favors added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Utah.

After falling behind so far early, the Sixers fought back within 27-23 at the end of the first quarter on a hook shot by Spencer Hawes.

Utah opened the second quarter on a 15-6 run to bump its lead to 42-29 with 7:21 left in the half. The Sixers were within five with 3:19 remaining after a layup by Lavoy Allen before Utah's 13-0 run, fueled by three-pointers from Foye and Mo Williams and a diving play out of bounds by Williams, who was on his back when he pushed the ball ahead to Hayward at midcourt for an easy dunk.

The Sixers shot just 38 percent in the first half and had only three assists.


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