SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz are officially in an early-season slump.
The Jazz shot a season-low 30.3% percent from the field in suffering its third straight loss, 104-97 to the upstart Philadelphia 76ers.
Daria Saric scored a season-high 25 points and the 76ers won their fifth straight game.
Philadelphia used a 21-7 run to start the third quarter, highlighted by eight straight points from J.J. Redick, to take a 67-51 lead it never relinquished.
The Jazz trailed by 15 points with four minutes remaining, and used a furious rally to cut the lead down to 3, but the Sixers made their free throws down the stretch to hold on.
The Sixers seemed to have more energy on both ends of the floor despite being on the road without starting center Joel Embiid. Ben Simmons initiated the offense while Saric and Redick knocked down shots. Saric grabbed 10 rebounds, Redick scored 20 points and Simmons finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists as the former No. 1 draft pick had his seventh double-double of the season.
It was Philadelphia's first victory in Utah since 2005.
"It shows a lot about our team," Simmons said. "We're playing a lot more calm than before. Trying to make less errors and turnovers down the stretch and taking care of the ball. And getting stops. It just comes down to that."
The Jazz, who have lost three straight, didn't do anything particularly well outside of a second-quarter rally after falling behind by 16 in the first 12 minutes. The defense allowed wide-open shots by the 76ers and was uncharacteristically sloppy throughout, giving up backdoor cuts and slashes to the basket for easy points.
On the other end, the Jazz couldn't connect on their own good looks.
Rodney Hood led Utah with 19 points on 4-for-14 shooting, and Rudy Gobert posted his seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Joe Ingles added 15 points, while Ricky Rubio had 11 points and 8 assists, but made just 4 of 16 shots from the field.
"Obviously, we had an abysmal night shooting the ball," coach Quin Snyder said. "Overall, there were some periods where we got stops and that really helps our offense, but the breakdowns that occurred, particularly in the beginning of the game when you are trying to come back and trying to make plays, you are susceptible to those types of back cuts and those are breakdowns."
The Jazz (5-6) next host the Miami Heat Friday night.
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