One bitter season had a pretty sweet ending for the Utah Jazz.
Playoffs won't be included in this 2010-11 campaign, but the Jazz ended a tumultuous year celebrating a fun 107-103 victory over Denver.
Players smiled, confetti streamed down, music pumped through EnergySolutions Arena and fans cheered as the team wrapped up the season on a positive note, having won two straight and three of their last five games.
It certainly didn't make up for most of the season's last half when they lost 30 of 42 games, including skids that lasted five, six and eight games sans victories.
Truth be told, the Jazz would even take another postseason dismissal from the Lakers over this.
But this down-to-the-wire win — featuring a career-best 34 points in Gordon Hayward's rookie finale — gave the Jazz and their fans something to feel good about heading into what could be a very long spring/summer (maybe even fall/winter?) without organized NBA basketball.
"It's kind of a roller coaster. ... There's been ups and downs," Hayward said of the Jazz's 39-43 season, which saw them lose their Hall of Fame coach, their All-Star point guard and leader, and become the first team in NBA history to not make the playoffs after having a record as good as 27-13 at the midway point.
Utah Jazz win final game of season
The Deseret News | Apr 14