by Daniel Olsen
Three quarters went by, and the Jazz looked unstoppable. That all changed in the final lap of the contest as they seemed to run out of gas and nearly let the Detroit Pistons back in it. Like Lightning McQueen, they inched their way to a 117-105 victory in a season sweep over the Eastern Conference opponent.
The Jazz weren’t about to start a wrong kind of streak. After their 11-game winning streak was snapped by Denver on Sunday, a date with a team near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings was just what the doctor ordered.
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 32 points. However, he did not record a single field goal in the final quarter. He also missed an opportunity when he got fouled on a three. He missed the first second free throws but the third time was the charm.
Someone recorded a double-double but it wasn’t the guy you’re thinking of. While Rudy had a quiet stat line by his standards, Royce O’Neale had 12 points and 13 boards.
Gobert did record his tenth game this season with at least three blocks. Swat Lake City was in full swing on Tuesday night with Gobert rejecting every player at the rim like they were a maxed out credit card.
Bojan Bogdanovic played exceptionally well as he shot four of eight from three and had 18 points total. He got hit on the wrist hard a few times but looks fine.
Mike Conley has scored at least 20 points in seven games this season and this was one of them. He is looking more and more comfortable with the Jazz system.
The bench had a quiet night with only 26 points by the second-unit. As usual, the bench player of the game is Jordan Clarkson with 12 points in 22 minutes of action.
With this win, the Jazz start the month of February perfect. This is their 11th game scoring 117 or more points.
The Jazz will look to extend the winning-streak to two games when they get started on their three game road trip. They will take on the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, Charlotte Hornets on Friday and Indiana Pacers on Sunday morning before the Super Bowl.
None of the games this week will be on national TV. The Jazz will next get the spotlight one week from tonight. They will host the Boston Celtics that night and that game will be broadcast on TNT.
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