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Al Jefferson has big night with heavy heart

Updated: March 13, 2012, 10:33 AM ET
By Neil Tardy, Special to ESPN.com

Neither the box score nor your eyes deceive you: Al Jefferson really did swish the first 3-pointer of his NBA career.

It was a special game for Jefferson, but the triple had nothing to do with it. Jefferson's 82-year-old maternal grandmother, Gladys Jefferson, died unexpectedly on Sunday evening. While the Utah Jazz were prepared for Jefferson to sit out Monday, he instead delivered a 33-point, 12-rebound performance, and capped the 105-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons with a 3 ...

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