SALT LAKE CITY– The Jazz had momentum on their side when they carried a season-long three game win streak into the All-Star break, but they didn’t carry the momentum with them when play resumed on Wednesday night.
Utah held an eight point lead at halftime, but by the end of the third quarter, Brooklyn was up by one. The Nets turned that into a 105-99 win in another return trip to Utah for Deron Williams (19 pts., 7 ast.) and Andrei Kirilenko (4 pts., 3 rebs.).
Starting center Derrick Favors missed the game for Utah with a hip injury. Enes Kanter had 18 points and 10 rebounds in a starting role, and Alec Burks led the team with 23 points off the bench. But the Jazz couldn’t hold on to the ball, finishing with 18 turnovers for 22 points from the Nets.
Utah faces the Thursday trade deadline with starters Marvin Williams, Richard Jefferson and Gordon Hayward all making rounds through the rumor mill. Once the deadline has passed, whichever players are with the Jazz will play at Portland on Friday.