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Hayward, Jazz get 1st win, 111-105 over Pelicans

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm •  Published: November 13, 2013
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the first time this season, basketball was fun for Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz.

"Once you see that ball go in, the hoop gets wider and guys are feeding off the energy. It started to become really fun," Hayward said.

Hayward had 27 points and 10 assists and Richard Jefferson added 22 points to help the Utah Jazz claim their first victory of the season, a 111-105 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

"It's definitely fun when guys are making shots and you're whipping the ball around from side to side. And we were getting some stops too," said Hayward, who scored 22 points in the second half to help the Jazz erase a 16-point deficit to put an end to their worst start in 39 years.

"It's about time!" Hayward said.

Derrick Favors made a key layup with 24 seconds remaining and Jefferson added three free throws in the final minute to clinch the victory.

When Marvin Williams hit a 3-pointer to make it 104-100, Jazz fans leapt to their feet and the Utah reserves bounced around and high-fived like college players in a postseason tournament.

"We finally got that monkey off our back," said Favors, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds. "We knew sooner or later the chemistry would show and people were going to hit shots they normally make."

Enes Kanter had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who overcame their worst start to a season since 1974-75, their first year as an expansion franchise in New Orleans.

Anthony Davis had 29 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans, who dropped all three games on their Western road swing.

Tyreke Evans, an offseason trade acquisition who has struggled to find his role in the New Orleans scheme, had a season-high 19 points, with almost all of them coming on drives to the basket. Jrue Holiday added 19 points for a Pelicans team that was in control for most the game.

"We had the momentum the whole game," Davis said. "We got to make sure they have no life in them, but we let up and let them back in."

Jason Smith made a layup just after halftime to give New Orleans a 61-45 lead.

As the most experienced player on the team, Jefferson took a strong stand in the ensuing timeout huddle.

"There is no more 'Let's get it next time.' This is unacceptable! This is our time right now," he told his teammates, according to Hayward.

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