They fell seven games behind the Houston Rockets in the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, and three teams sit between New Orleans and Houston.
The Jazz cleaned up on the glass, outrebounding the Pelicans 53-32.
Favors drilled an 18-foot jumper on Utah’s first possession of the game, and he rolled from there, finishing with 28 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and six blocks.
After five straight losses, the Utah Jazz closed their four-game road trip with a much-needed 106-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. “I think we saw that tonight, and it helped us”.
At one point in the third quarter, Davis as 5 of 20, but his 3 tied the game at 70 in the third quarter. Instead of building on their strong performance against the San Antonio Spurs, the Pelicans allowed the Jazz to run away with the game starting at the end of the third quarter.
But those would be New Orleans’ final points of the quarter.
It’s the latest in a string of injuries for the Pelicans, who have missed 187 player games to injury and illness this season. But Utah, which led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, was up just 51-45 at halftime. Norris Cole and Toney Douglas will see more minutes as well.
The Pelicans dropped to 23-38 with the loss. “That would be really unfortunate because he worked so hard to get back, and I really thought he was playing good basketball”. But he had no explanation for the Utah run that sealed the game. He made tough shots. “When you’re not making shots and they’re making shots, that gap starts to get bigger”.
The Jazz were 24 points better than the Pelicans in Ingles’ 20 minutes on the floor and 18 points better in Booker’s 19 minutes of play. On top of that, Eric Gordon re-fractured his finger by hitting Rudy Gobert‘s knee, and he is likely to miss the remainder of the season. The last time, it cost Gordon 16 games.
New Orleans started the day with good news on the injury front, with center Omer Asik returning to the starting lineup after missing five games with a sprained right ankle. “We have to be encouraged in one sense, and then there’s obviously a frustration”, Snyder said.