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For The Utah Jazz, It’s Good To Be Home

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The regular season of basketball didn’t start out all that well for the Utah Jazz who promptly lost the first two road games of the year, first to the Los Angeles Lakers and then to the Denver Nuggets. Just when the fans were beginning to wonder about the cohesiveness of this new young team, the Jazz returned home to the Energy Solutions Arena and put to rest any doubts that this team could gel and get the job done. Last night when they faced the Philadelphia 76’s they looked like a team that had both the confidence and the ability to compete. They stepped onto the court wearing the old retro green basketball uniforms of years passed and displayed some energy and intensity that was lacking in the first two outings of the season. The new 7 foot center, Enes Kanter demonstrated his ability to block shots which is something the Utah team has lacked for quite some time. Even with the long wing-span of former forward, Andrei Kirlenko, there were all too many rebounds that didn’t end up in the hands of the Utah team. Perhaps that will start to change now that the team is comprised of so many new, young and enthusiastic players. Derrick Favors stepped up big with a career high 20 points in last nights game as well as grabbing 11 rebounds. That bodes well for the future of the team along with the efforts of Gordon Hayward, Devin Harris and veteran player, Paul Millsap. The Utah squad stayed feisty right up until the end of the game which saw them coming out on top 102-99.