After trailing the lowly Raptors by 11 points in the 4th quarter with only 7 minutes remaining, the Utah Jazz sent the game into overtime with an inexplicable three pointer by Al Jefferson. It was inexplicable because it was only the second three pointer of Al Jefferson’s career.
"I knew we needed a 3," Jefferson said. "I just set my feet a let it go. The ball wanted to tease me for a while but it finally dropped. I knew then that if I hit a 3 to send us to overtime, we've got to go win it."
And win it they did – three overtimes later.
"I can't say enough about how our team hung in there," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We kept fighting, we understood the importance of trying to get off the schneid and get a road win. It took us long enough tonight but we finally got it going."
Meanwhile, the Raptors have fallen to 1-6 and are one of the worst teams in the NBA, yet again.
"It didn't go our way but our guys fought," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "Anyone who says we didn't fight did not see that basketball game. It just did not go our way."