Hayward had a strong all-around game for Utah, doing well on the boards, grabbing four rebounds, and helping out his teammates, dishing out three assists. The four-year veteran also added three steals to his totals.
Hayward shot 10-22 from the field, including 3-5 from beyond the arc. He sunk nine of his 11 free throws. Hayward was active in other areas, adding seven rebounds and eight assists during the contest.
Following the game, Hayward credited his coaches with the aggressive game plan. 'It was just one of those things where coaches said, 'Look, we need some offense here,' (and) just gave me some guidance to stay aggressive,'' Hayward said. ''You've got to step up and be able to make some big-time shots and tonight some of those went down.''
It was Hayward's first 30-plus point scoring output since Jan. 16. He added three assists, two rebounds and two steals to his totals.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder compared him Grant Hill.
"That's a comparison I probably shouldn't make because it's not fair to Gordon right now," Snyder said. "I'm talking more about his demeanor. There were times I remember Grant didn't look like he was doing all that, but he was competing so hard. I see that in Gordon.
"There's times he makes it look easy because he doesn't look like he's (exerting himself), but he's competing," Snyder said. "He's playing with a lot of confidence right now."
Gordon started to build confidence after making his first couple of shots.
"The first two shots I had felt like I had a good rhythm after that," Hayward said. "They were going under on some screens and made them pay early. I got some easy ones, some transition buckets. Anytime you do that, it's definitely a good feeling. The basket gets a little wider and I hit some step-backs and the game kind of went on from there."
Hayward, who also grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists, is on a tear of late, averaging 22.8 points over his last five games. He and the Jazz will look to rebound against the Grizzlies Wednesday.
"It was good to see (Hayward) get energized and get some of his juice back," coach Quin Snyder said after the game, per the Assoicated Press. "I think he's always risen to a challenge in a matchup. He played really well and played really hard. ... The biggest thing is his rebounding."
Hayward turned in his 10th career game with double digits in rebounds, but his previous had been a 13-rebound game last season. He also racked up six assists and three steals in 38 minutes in the win. Hayward and the Jazz are set to face the Blazers Tuesday.
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