SALT LAKE CITY – The Jazz came into tonight’s game at the Energy Solutions Area on a two game winning streak hoping to take that longest streak of the season to three. The Pacers with their league leading record were not going to help the Jazz out with that record at all as they used stout defense and good shot selection to beat the Jazz on their home court 95-86 on Wednesday night.
Derrick Favors led Utah with 22 points and 13 rebounds and Enes Kanter had 20 points and 10 boards for the Jazz. Gordon Hayward struggled again with his shot as he went up against and George, who drafted ninth and tenth in the 2010 draft and have been compared multiple times on their output and contracts. Hayward made only 3 of 14 shot attempts and finished with 12 points.
For the Pacers, who were coming off on their second loss of the season in Portland, saw Lance Stephenson score 15 points, Luis Scola had 14 and Roy Hibbert added 13 points. Indiana outscored the Jazz 27-19 in the fourth quarter and forced 14 Utah turnovers into 20 points.
The Jazz led 48-47 at the half and even had an 11 point lead at one point but the Pacers were consistent and patient and made nice runs in the third and fourth quarter move in front and stay in front for most of the second half.
The Jazz played without injured Marvin Williams and Jeremy Evans who had flu like symptoms. The Jazz play a back to back this weekend first on the road at Portland, and then they return home to take on Sacramento.