SALT LAKE CITY — They started at the 5:21 mark of the first quarter when coach Quin Snyder called his second timeout of the game after Orlando moved out to a 22-7 lead over the Jazz. The boos in Vivint Arena were scattered at first but got a bit louder a few minutes later when the Magic ran off six more points after the timeout to extend their lead to 21 points at 28-7.
Losing by 21 to any team in the first quarter is bad enough for fans, but it felt especially bad, coming against a team that came into the game 17-23 and was playing the final game of a 10-day, six-game road trip. During that 12-0 run by Orlando, the Jazz missed six straight shots and committed three turnovers.
Eventually the Jazz got it in gear thanks to a 25-3 run in the third quarter that gave them the lead and helped them cruise to a 106-93 victory.
Players usually don’t complain about booing from the home crowd, but one Jazz player took exception to the booing Wednesday night.
“I hate it when they boo,” said Jazz forward Joe Ingles. “They can go boo at home if they want to boo. We knew we weren’t playing well, it’s not rocket science. We want to win every game too. We want the fans to cheer for us every game, have a good night, eat some popcorn, go on their little date night . . . We want them to enjoy it as well, but we’re not going to win 82 games and we’re not going to play great every night. We’re going to play bad at times.”
Ingles would prefer fans to pick up the team with cheering rather than booing when things aren’t going well.
“A bit more cheering and support, maybe that might have helped instead of booing us. It’s tough — it is what it is. Obviously we’ve got great fans and we want to play well for them. We’re not going to win every game. But we are trying to win.”
JAZZ NOTES: Ingles played in his 264th straight game for the Jazz, second most in the NBA behind Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns (287) . . . Derrick Favors played in his 541st game as a Jazzman, passing Paul Millsap for 10th most in Jazz history. Favors also moved into fifth place on the all-time Jazz rebounding leaderboard with 3,973 rebounds . . . Rudy Gobert made just 4 of 8 shots Wednesday, but he continues to lead the NBA in field goal percentage at 65.4 percent. With 14 rebounds to go along with 12 points, Gobert had his 33rd double-double of the season, which is second in the NBA behind Joel Embiid . . . After playing Chicago Saturday night at home, the Jazz will have played six games in nine days, including a pair of weekend back-to-back games.