Hayward has 24 as Jazz roll over reeling Nets 108-73

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Trey Burke started on the bench again but was hard to miss once he got in the game.

He turned his frustration into aggressiveness and scored 15 points in the second quarter, as the Utah Jazz rolled to a 108-73 win over the reeling Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

"It's new to me. I don't know if I was comfortable with it, but I knew I had to be ready to play," said Burke, who has always been a starter since he's played basketball. "It's a different view of the game."

Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and Joe Ingles had a season-high 16 points as the Jazz won consecutive games for the first time this month.

Dante Exum had 13 in his second straight start in front of Burke, who made a big difference for Utah, which outscored Brooklyn 33-16 in the second period.

"I was locked in from the start and I was looking at ways to attack the defense before I even got out there," Burke said.

Jarrett Jack had 16 points and Mason Plumlee added 11 for the Nets, who have dropped three of four.


One game after Brooklyn's worst defeat of the season — 123-84 to the Clippers — the Nets were again listless.

"Collectively, we need to put more into the game effort-wise. It's not really a strategic thing anymore, we just need to give more," Plumlee said.

Brooklyn is 3-10 in January and a half-game back of Charlotte for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

There has been a little drama over 19-year-old Exum, the fifth overall pick in last year's draft, supplanting Burke so early. But if they both play the way they did against the Nets, it may not matter who starts.

With Alec Burks out for the season and his replacement, Rodney Hood, out for a few more weeks, Exum and Burke played together for stretches.

The combination worked well as the Jazz looked to run at every opportunity on the sluggish Nets. The Jazz had 27 fast-break points to Brooklyn's nine.

"We're best when we are in transition and the ball is moving," Burke said. "Coach has been on us heavy about pace and getting the ball up the court off the rebounds."

Instead of sulking, Burke played with an aggressive attitude from the moment he entered the game on both ends.

"He is one of the guys that's finding a good balance between scoring and playmaking," Utah coach Quin Snyder said. "The other thing I thought he did is he guarded. When your point guard is at the point of the attack, is tough-minded defensively and willing to talk, that anchors your whole defense."

The Jazz made 9 of 13 3-pointers on their way to a 58-37 halftime lead. Burke had four and Ingles made three from beyond the arc.

"Every guy on the team and the coaching staff has been telling me to shoot it, shoot it but I like getting other guys on the team involved and being that middleman," Ingles said.


Nets: Deron Williams, who played his first 51/2 seasons in Utah, missed his ninth game with a rib injury. ... The Nets were outrebounded 42-29 and shot just 38.7 percent. ... To add insult to injury, a Brooklyn 3-pointer to beat the shot clock in the fourth quarter was overturned on video review.

Jazz: Utah shot 53.2 percent from the field, just off its season high of 53.4 at Orlando on Dec. 19. ... The Jazz made 11 of their first 15 3-point attempts and then missed their next 10. ... Even though the Jazz were up by 35, seldom-used Jeremy Evans received an ovation for a spectacular block in the final minute.


The 35-point margin was largest win for the Jazz this season. "It was a solid all-around game for us. We finally put our foot down a little bit and got a big cushion," Hayward said.


Nets: Host Portland on Monday.

Jazz: Host Boston on Monday.

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