Jazz end skid, send 76ers to 16th straight loss
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Utah Jazz finally found a way to win on their six-game road trip: Play a team that can’t win anywhere.
Gordon Hayward scored 22 points, Alec Burks added 19 and the Jazz beat Philadelphia 104-92 on Saturday night, sending the reeling 76ers to their 16th consecutive loss.
”It’s a win, man,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. ”The young guys got a chance to finish a game that was close.”
Derrick Favors contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds, Enes Kanter had 13 points and 10 boards, and Diante Garrett scored 11 points for the Jazz (22-41), who snapped a five-game losing streak and completed a six-game road trip at 1-5.
”We just came out ready to fight,” Kanter said. ”That’s real Jazz basketball. We have to play like that every game.”
Tony Wroten scored a career-high 30 points for the Sixers (15-47), who hadn’t dropped 16 in a row since a franchise-worst 20 straight losses during the 1972-73 season, when they finished 9-73. The Sixers also lost their franchise-worst 13th straight home game.
”I’m going to give that group the benefit of the doubt,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. ”We’re going to see this thing through.”
Thaddeus Young added 18 points and James Anderson had 16 for the Sixers, whose last victory came Jan. 29 at Boston.
The Jazz built an 84-73 lead following a 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter. But the Sixers wouldn’t wilt and rallied to tie the game at 91 on a layup by Wroten with 2:52 remaining.
Burks responded with a 3-pointer to put Utah back ahead 16 seconds later.
”It just happened,” Burks said of his 3-pointer. ”It was a wide-open shot that happened to go in.”
Wroten misfired on a layup on Philadelphia’s next possession – just his second miss – and Hayward put the game away with a pair of free throws and a three-point play in the final minute.
Wroten hit all six of his shots in the first half and wound up 12 for 15.
”It’s tough losing,” Wroten said. ”I feel like we had that one. Some calls didn’t go our way. It was the little things that hurt us. You never want to leave it in the refs’ hands. I still feel like we definitely had that one.”
NOTES: Favors recorded his 18th double-double. . Sixers Director of Statistical Information Harvey Pollack was honored for his 92nd birthday. Pollack – best known for writing the ”100” sign following Wilt Chamberlain’s record-breaking 100-point game on March 2, 1962 – has worked in the league since its inaugural 1946-47 season. . The Sixers committed 19 turnovers. They entered the game leading the league with 17.4 turnovers per game. . The Jazz were 10 for 23 from 3-point territory. . Young failed to grab a rebound in nearly 39 minutes.