Rudy Homosexual confirmed he nonetheless is aware of methods to make a serious impression on a recreation even whereas taking part in restricted minutes.
Homosexual hit 5 3-pointers and scored 20 factors in his season debut to assist the Utah Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors 119-103 on Thursday night time.
Homosexual additionally had 5 rebounds whereas taking part in simply 18 minutes. He missed Utah’s first 14 video games whereas recovering from offseason surgical procedure on his proper heel.
Getting back from a surgical procedure that compelled Homosexual to show himself methods to stroll once more for a second time in his NBA profession would have been too daunting for many gamers of their mid-30s. Homosexual embraced the problem of coming again.
“It’s not straightforward. It takes a whole lot of dedication,” Homosexual mentioned. “You bought to be a little bit totally different and I’m a little bit totally different.
His offense wasn’t the one factor that lifted the Jazz to their second straight win. Homosexual made good defensive performs and supplied sufficient spacing and passing to assist the offense function at excessive effectivity.
“He performed inside himself,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder mentioned. “Made the sport straightforward due to the selections that he made. He made photographs, however that’s a byproduct of creating the correct play.”
Donovan Mitchell additionally scored 20 factors for Utah, and Royce O’Neale added a season-high 16. Rudy Gobert had 14 factors and 11 rebounds.
Utah shot 55% from the sphere and scored 48 factors within the paint. The Jazz additionally made 19 3-pointers.
“They received a whole lot of buckets on the rim tonight,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse mentioned. “Clearly, that was robust to deal with. In addition they shot it fairly good from three — they’re an excellent taking pictures staff and a extremely robust staff to defend.”
Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-high 31 factors for Toronto, and Fred VanVleet added 24. Toronto misplaced for the sixth time in seven video games regardless of scoring 37 factors off 24 Jazz turnovers.
Birch gave Toronto an early spark, scoring all 14 of his factors earlier than halftime. He made back-to-back baskets to kickstart a 9-2 run that gave the Raptors a 23-17 lead within the first quarter.
Homosexual gave Utah an instantaneous elevate even whereas taking part in on a minutes restriction. He made three 3-pointers and assisted one other basket to assist the Jazz rally and take a 42-31 lead early within the second quarter.
“I’m no slouch,” Homosexual mentioned. “I’m closing in on 20,000 factors. There’s a whole lot of threes in there. I’m normally humble however I can rating.”
VanVleet made 3-pointers on three straight possessions to erase Utah’s lead and put the Raptors forward 53-51 shortly earlier than halftime.
“We got here out blitzing rather a lot after which we simply stopped doing it,” Toronto ahead Scottie Barnes mentioned. “We simply modified our recreation plan all through the sport. They have been hitting a whole lot of threes and we simply tried to do one thing to vary it.”
The Jazz tightened up on protection within the third quarter, permitting them to create some separation. Toronto made solely three baskets over the ultimate 9 minutes of the quarter. It opened the door for Utah to rebuild a double-digit lead.
Joe Ingles fed Gobert for a pair of dunks and drained a pair of 3-pointers to gas a 15-2 run that put the Jazz up 98-80 early within the fourth quarter.
Raptors: OG Anunoby (left hip) and Valuable Achiuwa (proper shoulder tendonitis) have been inactive for Toronto. … Pascal Siakam scored a season-low 4 factors on 2-of-14 taking pictures. Siakim additionally dished out 5 assists. … Chris Boucher had a team-high eight rebounds.
Jazz: Bojan Bogdanovic had a season-high six assists. … Ingles had a season-high seven rebounds. … Utah outscored Toronto 57-20 in bench factors.
Raptors: At Sacramento on Friday night time.
Jazz: At Sacramento on Saturday night time.