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It wasn’t the prettiest, but it was worth it.

With San Antonio and Minnesota both losing during the Utah Jazz-Sacramento Kings game, the stage was set. With a win, the Utah Jazz would have climbed their way out of lottery hell and into 5th into the Western Conference. Unfortunately for Utah, Sacramento wasn’t going to do them any favors. With a 5th seed on the line, Sacramento’s young phenoms put on a show. Pushing the Jazz to the very end of a closely contested game with Utah ultimately winning 103-97.

Buddy Hield played like a man possessed from long range. He couldn’t miss. It was as if he Monstar’d Joe Ingles before the game. Hield finished with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. The entire Kings team shot the lights out from three finishing at 66% from 3 point range. That combined with Utah’s high amount of turnovers allowed the pesky Kings to stick around and even lead for much of the game.

The Utah Jazz’s bench didn’t do the team any favors tonight. Thrown off by the additional of Exum and, for whatever reason, having trouble cohesively playing together, Utah’s bench combined for only 15 points, 11 of which came from Jae Crowder. While Utah was able to survive tonight with a poor showing from their bench, this is definitely something that needs to be rectified before season’s end. With a playoff birth within reach, Utah’s bench troubles could spell doom if they don’t improve their play.

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Exum elevates for his first bucket of the season. (Game still)

The Utah Jazz added another win to their record and another player to their rotation on Thursday night.

Facing the rudderless and lottery-bound Phoenix Suns as part of a 4-game home stand, the Jazz passed, drove and bombed their way to a lopsided victory, 116-88. It was the club’s eighth straight triumph, including six double-digit wins in a row. And it featured a familiar face.

Dante Exum, the teams No. 5 pick in 2014, got back to NBA action after missing the first 68 games of the season to fix and rehab a separated left shoulder. After a couple of practice stints with the SLC Stars, Utah’s G League affiliate, the Jazz decided their Aussie point guard was ready to go, and he entered the game to applause near the end of the first quarter.

Exum looked predictably winded at times, but his season debut could only be described as encouraging. He moved aggressively, didn’t shy from contact, and defended well both out on the perimeter and when switched onto big men. He played just over 14 minutes and came away with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Here was his first bucket of the season, a step-through move after driving from out front.

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