CHARLOTTE – Jae Crowder got a rebound two seconds before the firing. He took a step back and fired a corner with a 3-pointer from an angle that should not have allowed the shot.
But that did it.
It was that kind of night for Crowder. And that kind of night for jazz. In a game night in which Utah was received in Kyle Korver, jazz showed that he was not the only one who could take a deep shot. The jazz hit 18 Spectrum Center against Charlotte on Friday with 18 to three pointers.
Utah took the second win in a row and improved to 11-12. Jazz is 9: 6 now.
Fittingly, the 3-point barrage began when Korver checked into the game for the first time. Utah missed four of his first five shots from a distance, but that changed when Korver came on the court for his second jazz debut. He rolled around a Rudy Gobert screen, caught the ball and drilled the triple
That seemed to open the locks for jazz. Especially for Crowder.
Crowder went from deep into the depths to a 24-point night off the bench. But he was one of many who had success from deep down. Donovan Mitchell scored two long-range shots, Ricky Rubio scored two more and Korver himself shot four out of four.
And outside of Crowder's crazy clock-buzzer beaters, most were open.
"What Utah did not do" Inside they make three, "said Charlotte Borougho coach
said. "Give them credit … they moved the ball and fired shots tonight."
It was the effect that the jazz hoped Korver would hope for the offense when his mere presence opened up space for all but open shots from within.
When Utah began to connect with their deep appearance, the lanes became open. Mitchell took full advantage of that. The second year guard scored 1
The crime was so good that even Gobert made a trip. Gobert crossed Frank Kaminsky, shot a few shots and knocked it down. It was not his only slump at night. Gobert was a threat in color, the rim rolled to 20 points and 17 rebounds.
Utah had one of the best launches of the season. The jazz at the end of the first quarter was dominant and fueled by Gobert's strong interest in rior defense and the ball movement of jazz.
But Charlotte ran, and after a 3-point game by Jeremy Lamb in the middle of the third quarter, the Hornets had even scored 64.
They were not long for that.
Jazz answered with a 15-2 run and the Hornets never really got back into the game.
Tony Parker had a rematch performance of 20 points and nine assists when he tried to return the Charlotte the fourth. The jazz tried to keep the former Spurs legend in the vicinity, and helped the hornets to 70 points in the paint.
"I want us to keep the ball more," said jazz head coach Quin Snyder.
But every time the Hornets got close, Utah had an answer, at least at the offensive end. Whether it was another 3-pointer, a Rim Roll by Gobert, or a pull-up pullover by Mitchell, jazz always found a way to extend the lead.
Jazz, however, was for the most part a trade the route. Something that was not good for the coach or the players. The Hornets scored 58 points in the second half.
"We played good defense at times," said Gobert. "But if we want to be the team we want to be, we have to be better."
The shooting was better. And that made up for it.
Next: Utah will end their tripartite road trip on Sunday in Miami with a match.