Fa­vors’ dou­ble-dou­ble leads Jazz past win­less Six­ers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Dan Gel­ston

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Gor­don Hay­ward’s re­turn to the lineup just might make Utah a fac­tor in the Western Con­fer­ence.

Der­rick Fa­vors had 16 points and 14 re­bounds and Rod­ney Hood scored 18 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 109-84 vic­tory over the win­less Philadel­phia 76ers on Mon­day night.

Hay­ward scored 20 points in the sec­ond game of his re­turn since he broke his right ring fin­ger in train­ing camp. He led the team in scor­ing last sea­son, av­er­ag­ing nearly 20 points per game.

“That’s one of the bet­ter teams, I think, in the West,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.

The Jazz won their sec­ond straight game on the road and cruised against a Six­ers team again mired at the bot­tom of the NBA stand­ings. The Six­ers have lost 43 straight games in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber. The Six­ers last won a game in ei­ther of those two months on Nov. 22, 2013, against Mil­wau­kee.

The Six­ers are 0-6 for the third straight sea­son and have lost 10 straight dat­ing to last sea­son.

Jahlil Okafor led the Six­ers with 15 points.

“We were flat the en­tire night,” Okafor said.

The Jazz let the Six­ers hang around un­til Shelvin Mack hit a 3-pointer dur­ing a 10-0 run that pretty much ended the game. Hay­ward, who 28 scored points in his sea­son de­but Sun­day against New York, had four points dur­ing the run. He made 9 of 17 shots and had five as­sists and seven boards.

“He’s go­ing to con­tinue to have good games,” Jazz coach Quin Sny­der. “He’s put a lot of time in, a lot of en­ergy, a lot of work. You see it out there with his de­meanor. Other guys look to him and they see that, too.”

Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadel­phia’s Joel Em­biid had an an­tic­i­pated bat­tle of the big men cur­tailed by foul trou­ble. Gobert fouled out and scored eight points. Em­biid was whis­tled for five fouls and scored 14 points.

Gobert blocked a shot by Em­biid early in the first quar­ter and Em­biid missed a dunk late in the first half.

“We wanted to put hands on balls and be ag­gres­sive de­fen­sively,” Gobert said.

Em­biid, the fran­chise cen­ter nick­named “The Process,” had a rare quiet game for a team des­per­ately look­ing for a win. The Six­ers lost their first 18 games of the sea­son and 17 straight to open 2014-15. The win­less count goes on again this sea­son.

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