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Tough Loss For Jazz

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On the night of January 31st, when the team and the town were honoring the long service of Coach Jerry Sloan, a win for the team would have been most welcome. Instead, despite leading for a good share of the game, the Jazz fell to the Golden State Warriors with a final score of 95-90. The largest share of the blame (or more accurately, credit) goes to Golden State Guard, Stephen Curry who scored a season high 44 points against the home team. He was simply unstoppable on this night when a Jazz win would have fit perfectly with the nostalgia the crowd was feeling for their retired coach.
Curry went 14-26 on his shooting including making 8 of his 9 3-point attempts. An interesting side note is that when Coach Sloan was an assistant coach for the Jazz in l986, Stephens dad, Dell, was the first round draft pick for this Salt Lake team.
While the franchise has been struggling with ticket sales this year, last night was not indicative of that fact with a sell-out crowd in attendance. Jerry Sloan’s banner was added to the rafters of Energy Solutions Arena bearing the number of 1223 which is the number of victories he racked up in his tenure as head coach. Pretty impressive, unlike the final score of last nights game for the home crowd.