For the second time in the past week, point guard Trey Burke bounced back from a poor performance with a strong outing. Unsurprisingly, his Utah Jazz followed his example in both cases. Just 22 hours after falling in an embarrassing blowout to the Atlanta Hawks, Utah bounced back to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 88-85. While the Jazz did not play the most aesthetic form of basketball, it was enough to secure their second win in three games and their fourth in the past seven. A main catalyst behind the recent success has been Burke, and Saturday’s matchup with Charlotte was no exception. The highly touted rookie came through in the fourth, making several big baskets and hitting the two free throws that ultimately sealed the game’s fate. Burke finished with 20 points, four assists and three rebounds in just 26 minutes. Former Utah Jazz stalwart Al Jefferson displayed his usual consistency, totaling 19 points and 11 rebounds. He too made some huge plays down the stretch, but a twisted ankle kept him from gaining the lift needed to capitalize on two tip-in attempts that would have given the Bobcats a lead in the final minute.
Trey Burke, Jazz hang on to beat the Bobcats 88-85
The Deseret News | Dec 22