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article imageNBA: Jazz get first win under new coach over Pacers 95-84

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 26, 2011 in Sports
Indianapolis - The Jazz have been struggling of late under new coach Tyrone Corbin losing three straight since he took over after Coach Jerry Sloan resigned. The Pacers made a coaching change as well brining in Frank Vogel on Jan. 30 and the Pacers have been 9-2 since.
The Utah Jazz (32-27) came into Indiana looking for their first win against the Indian Pacers (26-31). With both teams bringing in new coaches they are looking to make moves in their respective conferences trying to keep their respective spots in this playoff race. Both teams are sitting in the eight spot and both teams are on the verge of being caught.
The Pacers jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind the play of Collison and Hibbert. The Jazz came back on a 12-4 run to take 12-9 lead before the Pacers called a timeout after Kirilenko knocked down a pair of free-throws. The Jazz got the lead and did not look back the rest of the quarter and pushed their lead to seven at the 2:38 mark. The Jazz finished the first quarter with a 11 point lead 24-13 with a jumper by Miles.
Utah was still up in the second quarter and both teams battled, but the Pacers pulled off a 21-10 run to tie the game up at 34 on a McRoberts dunk that sparked the crowd. The last three minutes before the half was close as the Pacers kept tying it up, but could not take the lead. The Jazz went into the half scoring five straight points to the Jazz zero to take a 43-38 lead into the break.
Al Jefferson had another big game scoring 30 points to go with nine rebounds and five blocks. Paul Millsap 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Andrei Kirilenko had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3, assists, 2 steals and 1 block for a very healthy stat line.
New acquisitions were there for the Jazz is this game and Devin Harris came up big off the bench with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Derrick Favors scored just six points and former Butler University standout Gordon Hayward scored four points in his first return home.
Danny Granger was the leading scorer with 17 points and nine rebounds. Darren Collison scored 16 points and Roy Hibbert scored 14 points with eight rebounds. Josh McRoberts and A.J. Price chipped in with nine points, but the bench did not give them much help.
The Jazz took the lead into the third quarter and kept it the whole quarter with the Pacers getting it as close as five early in the quarter on a Hibbert hook shot, but that was the closes it got until Paul George (4 points) tied it up with a jumper at 63. Harris put the Jazz back up 65-62 before Price ended the period with free-throws to put them down just two.
Jefferson gave the Jazz the lead 67-66 and they ran the Pacers out the building the rest of the quarter. The Jazz pushed their lead to ten with an 81-71 score with Harris and Jefferson scoring most of the points. Jefferson scored eight of his sixteen fourth quarter points early and Harris scored 6 of his 14 in the final period as well.
This is the first win under new their new Coach Tyrone Corbin and just their third win this month.
This is the Pacers fourth loss under their new Coach Frank Vogel giving them a 9-4 record.
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