by Elmer Mejia | This Wednesday afternoon, the Jazz took on the Memphis Grizzlies. Both teams came in with playoff hopes. The Jazz were looking to improve their 42-25 record and get back into the 4th spot. The Jazz started slow and had seven turnovers in the 1st quarter. The Jazz couldn’t stop Ja Morant who had five assists and six points.
In the 2nd quarter, the Jazz kept struggling and could not stop Dillon Brooks. It looked like the Grizzlies were going to keep their dominance throughout the quarter. However, the Jazz came back with the leadership of Rudy Gobert. They outscored the Grizzlies in the paint 18-8. They went on to score 39 points in just one quarter. The Jazz came back from a double digit deficit to lead the half 64-55.
Starting the 3rd quarter, the Jazz continued where they left off. Gobert kept scoring and defending. Despite this, the Grizzlies picked up their game level and scored 33 points. Memphis looked as good as they did in the first quarter. They outscored the Jazz in the paint 16-4. The Jazz lead was cut into one as they led 89-88 at the end of the third quarter.
When the last quarter started, both teams were going head to head. As the quarter progressed, the Jazz went to make key stops and were aggressive on offense. Joe Ingles made some big shots including five behind the three point line. This added to an eye-popping 18 made threes for the Jazz in the game. Clarkson played a big role for the Jazz bench and had 14 points. Mike Conley Jr. was great and contributed 23 points. Ingles was the leading scorer with 25 points.
The Jazz got the much needed win 124-115 and are in good position to keep the 4th spot in the Western Conference.
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