Utah's other rookie point guard, Raul Neto, had 7 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds in his Jazz debut. Before the game, Neto had just gotten clearance from FIBA to play in the Summer League.
Behind strong play from forwards Jeremy Evans, Chris Roberts and Alec Burks, Utah built a 22-point lead in the first half and rolled to a 98-69 defeat of the Nets.
The game ended in partial darkness as the lights went out with six-tenths of a seconds remaining. The teams waited five minutes for the lights to warm back up and then restarted the game’s final second in a semi-glow.
Burke, who was drafted ninth overall in the draft but traded from Minnesota to Utah on draft night, was held out for rest. The 6-foot-1 point guard has made just six of 27 shots and one of 10 3-point tries in two games.
Chris Wright made eight of 13 shots and three of five 3-pointers to lead the Nets with 20 points.
Evans scored 14 of his 15 points in the first half as the Jazz (2-1) shot 50 percent from the floor, hit three 3-pointers and got to the free throw line 17 times (with 14 makes). By contrast, the Nets shot just 37 percent in the opening two quarters and turned the ball over 12 times in the first half.
Burks, Utah’s leading scorer in three games at 14.0 ppg., poured in another 14 points. Chris Roberts had 15 points as the Jazz led 51-29 at the half and took a 27-point lead into fourth quarter.
The Jazz will next play the Indiana Pacers Thursday at 9:00 a.m. mountain time.