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Joe Ingles upset with fans for booing poor play early vs. Magic

Jazz, Joe Ingles

The Utah Jazz managed to walk away from Wednesday night’s game against the Orlando Magic with a 106-93 victory, but there were some jeers raining down from the crowd inside Vivint Smart Home Arena during the first half. The boos, which came as a result of Utah’s sloppy first half, seemed to rub Joe Ingles the wrong way.

“They were booing, huh. They can go boo at home if they want to boo,” Ingles told Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune after Wednesday night’s game. “I hate it when they 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 night, have a good time, eat some popcorn, go on their little date night… we want for them to enjoy it too. But we’re not going to win 82 games, and we’re not going to play great every night, and we’re going to play bad at times.

“We didn’t start well, we had a different lineup, we had a different team,” Ingles added. “A bit more cheering and support, that might’ve helped, instead of booing us. It’s tough. Obviously, we have great fans, and we want to play well for them, but we’re not going to win every game. We are trying to win.”

Ingles, who finished Wednesday’s game with 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting and seven assists, has a point. The Jazz were without several key players due to injury, including Ricky Rubio (hamstring) and Dante Exum (ankle).

The Jazz trailed by as many as 21 points in the first before a 25-3 rally in the third completely erased their deficit. Utah made 13 of their 21 shots from the field in the quarter while limiting Orlando to just 5-of-21.

With the win, the Jazz improved their overall record to 21-21, which is good for the No. 4 spot in the Northwest Division standings. Their next shot at claiming a victory comes on Friday night, when they’ll welcome the Los Angeles Lakers to town.