Jazz Do It Again, Come From 19 Down on Road to Stun Bobcats
The Utah Jazz, playing in their fourth game in five nights on an East Coast road trip, once again dug themselves a deep hole early, only to find a way to climb out of it late.
Trailing by as many as 19 points in the first quarter and by 16 in the third, the Jazz came back to win, this time on a floater in the lane from Deron Williams with 0.8 seconds left that gave his team a 96-95 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
The final shot from Williams was great and all, but obviously, the fact that Utah came back from a double-digit road deficit for the fourth consecutive game is the (incredible) story here.
The run started against the Miami Heat, where Utah trailed by 22 before Paul Millsap exploded to lead the first of the four comebacks. The next night in Orlando, the Jazz trailed by 18 in the third quarter, before going on a 24-2 run that pushed them to a double-digit victory over the Magic.
Comeback No. 3 came two nights later in Atlanta, where the Hawks led at home by 11 early in the fourth quarter, before the Jazz righted the ship in time to come away with a four-point win, one which sent the Hawks to their third straight defeat.
And then there was Saturday. After a run like the last three games, no one would have blamed the Jazz if they had simply run out of gas, and were unable to find a way to do this one more time. But somehow, they did. And the quote from C.J. Miles afterward might just sum up the team's mentality in these situations -- which, undoubtedly, was put into place by their Hall-of-Fame coach, Jerry Sloan.
"Miles said there is no '19-point shot.,'" tweeted Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune. "Thus, Jazz just stick to [the] system and go to work."