Utah Jazz beat Pelicans, snap losing streak

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Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY — The Jazz rallied back from a 16-point deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 111-105, and ended their 8-game losing streak to start the season.

Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 27 points and 10 assists, with 22 of his points coming in the second half.  Richard Jefferson scored 22 points and Enes Kanter added 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the Jazz win their first game of the season, and overcome their worst start since the 1974-75 season.

Marvin Williams hit a 3-pointer to put the Jazz up by four in the final minutes, and a late bucket by Derrick Favors helped the Jazz pull out the win.

The Jazz signed Diante Garrett from the NBA D-League earlier in the day, and he went on to play 22 minutes, scoring seven points and dishing out five assists.  He was in at point guard down the stretch, after John Lucas III struggled early on.