NBA regular season

In debut, Rudy Gay helps Jazz keep Raptors down

In debut, Rudy Gay helps Jazz keep Raptors down

IMMEDIATE IMPACT. Rudy Gay drains 5 three-pointers in his first game for the Jazz.

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Rudy Gay, who just recovered from an offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his heel, gives the Jazz another offensive weapon

Rudy Gay played his first game of the season and scored 20 points in his Utah Jazz debut to help lead his new team to a 119-103 win over the Toronto Raptors in Salt Lake City on Thursday, November 18 (Friday, November 19, Manila time).

Gay, who had offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his heel, shot 7-of-8 shots and drained 5 three-pointers off the bench. He signed with Utah in the offseason but was rehabilitating from surgery for the first month of the season.

Donovan Mitchell also scored 20 points for Utah, which won its second consecutive game.

Toronto, playing without OG Anunoby (hip), lost for the sixth time in seven outings. The defeat spoiled a great performance by Gary Trent Jr., who scored a game-high 31 points with 5 triples.

Utah trailed 63-61 at halftime but turned it up a notch in the second half, outscoring the Raptors 31-17 in the third.

Rudy Gobert had another double-double, with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while fellow starter Royce O’Neale scored 16 points. Joe Ingles had a terrific all-around game with 10 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson added 12 points and Hassan Whiteside scored 11.

Utah’s offensive attack was as efficient as it was balanced. The Jazz shot 55% and drained 19-of-46 three-pointers. Toronto shot just 41.5% from the field and 26.3% from beyond the arc.

The Jazz took control of the game with an 18-3 run spanning the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth.

That spurt featured a lot of Rudy, with a couple of Gobert dunks and a couple of Gay buckets. The new Jazzman’s three-pointer with 10:17 remaining put them up 98-80. –