3 keys in the Utah Jazz's 95-78 win over the Memphis Grizzlies

3 keys in the Utah Jazz's 95-78 win over the Memphis Grizzlies

MEMPHIS — In an ugly game typical of a contest between the Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies, the Jazz came away with their fifth straight victory overall and 10th consecutive on the road, 95-78.

Turning point: Trailing 36-34 with just under six minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Jazz closed the half on a 16-2 run and were mostly in control from there.

The hero: Jae Crowder came off the bench to lead five Utah double-figure scorers with 22 points.

3 keys:

• On a night when both teams struggled offensively in large part, Utah made 13 3-pointers compared to six for the Grizzlies. The Jazz also made 16 free throws compared to 10 for Memphis.

• Utah dominated the rebounds, assists, steals and blocks categories.

• Despite committing five more turnovers than the Grizzlies (20-15), the Jazz finished with a 20-9 advantage in fast-break points.

Jazz almanac: 36-30, Won 5

Playoff picture: The Jazz briefly sat in eighth place in the Western Conference after the win, but the Denver Nuggets topped the Los Angeles Lakers a short time later, putting Utah once again on the outside looking in.

Next 3:

Sunday, March 11 at New Orleans (38-27), 2 p.m. MT

Tuesday, March 13 vs. Detroit (30-36), 7 p.m. MT

Thursday, March 15 vs. Phoenix (19-48), 7 p.m. MT

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Published at Sat, 10 Mar 2018 03:30:00 +0000