On the night they welcomed back Kyle Korver to Salt Lake City, the Utah Jazz set a franchise record with 20 3-pointers in a 139-105 rout of the Spurs.
Korver came off the bench and contributed 15 points in 15 minutes, knocking down three of four attempts from deep. In all, 10 Jazz players hit 3-pointers, led by Donovan Mitchell (4), Joe Ingles (3) and Korver (3). Georges Niang hit the record-breaking 3-pointer with 1:33 left in the game.
Korver, who played for the Jazz from 2007-10, helped Utah achieve season bests in shooting from inside (60.7 percent) and outside the arc (60.6).
“His confidence is contagious,” Donovan Mitchell said. “His presence just gives us spacing and helps everybody.”
After the ceremonial postgame dousing, Korver revealed a surprising fact: “That has never happened to me in my entire life … I’ve never had Gatorade dumped on my head, but I’m glad it was tonight.”
Meanwhile, the Spurs have lost three of their past four games, with each loss by at least 30 points. Entering this season, San Antonio suffered just nine such losses during the Gregg Popovich era (since December 1996).
Late night with Westbrook
Russell Westbrook appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” for the third time and explained his “rock-the-baby” celebration.
“Well, I’m pretty big for my position,” Westbrook said. “And I would say I’m probably stronger than other guys in my position. So when I have smaller guys on me, you have to treat them like babies.”
Westbrook also promoted the new merchandise his brand Honor The Gift is set to release later this month, as well as the Jordan Westbrook 0.3 shoes Nike released two weeks ago.
The Thunder will play the Nets on Wednesday night at Barclays Center.
Who he play for?
Point guard De’Anthony Melton made a case for more playing time with 21 points in 23 minutes, along with five assists and a steal in the Suns’ 122-105 loss to the Kings.
Melton, a second-round draft pick out of USC, is seeing less than 10 minutes per game in his rookie season. Phoenix acquired Melton and Ryan Anderson in the four-player trade that sent Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Rockets.
A career-high of 21 points from De’Anthony Melton, hear from him postgame pic.twitter.com/VliIgszbt1
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 5, 2018
World Trick Shot Day
Did you know that Tuesday was World Trick Shot Day? Originated by the Harlem Globetrotters, it falls on the first Tuesday in December and gives fans a chance to showcase their unique skills. #WorldTrickShotDay
And right on cue, Damian Lillard hits one his patented cicus layups …
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 5, 2018
Spreading holiday cheer
Kyrie Irving and the Celtics visited Boston Children’s Hospital and performed a great rendition of Jingle Bells.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 4, 2018
Stat of the night
All 13 players who appeared for the Jazz had a point, rebound and assist, marking the second game in NBA history in which 13 or more players did so. The Spurs accomplished the same feat on March 14, 2014.