by Daniel Olsen
It wasn’t the easiest win but the Jazz found a way to get a 103-95 win over the Indiana Pacers earlier on Super Bowl Sunday.
While most of America has been preparing the snacks for the big NFL championship game in Tampa Bay, the Jazz were playing their third game in four nights. The Jazz struggled in a catch-and-shoot game in which they are normally the best in the NBA.
Mitchell did just enough as he led the Jazz with 27 points and a team high 11 assists. He also chipped in nine rebounds and had a legitimate shot to record the first regular season triple double for the Jazz in over a decade. However, a Pacers player tipped the ball out of bounds as the buzzer sounded when he went up for the rebound. He and the players laughed it off as the scoreboard was the only thing that really mattered when the game was over.
Once again, Rudy Gobert came up big with another double-double. He finished the contest with 16 points and 16 boards. His defensive work on the opposing big men was instrumental in this win as he helped hold Domantis Sabonis to 4-13 on two point shots.
In the absence of Mike Conley, other guards had to step up. Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles did just that as they combined for 24 points. They didn’t have their best shooting performances but the ball was moving and they got open looks. They just didn’t hit them as often as they normally do which is why the game was closer.
With the win, the Jazz maintain the best record in the NBA at 19-5. They also have a one game lead over the Lakers in the Western Conference standings.
• The Jazz shot just 31 percent from three in this game. The last time they shot that low was in the game at Detroit in January. They also used their defense to come out with the win in that game.
• With the absence of Mike Conley, it was just the third game this season in which the usual Jazz starting five did not begin the game together. The Jazz are 3-0 in these games.
• Joe Ingles is averaging 12.66 points per game in his three starts this season.
• This is the third time in history that Mitchell has recorded a double digit performance in either rebounds or assists. Make sure to tell Shaquille O’Neal.
• This game was Mitchell’s highest rebound and assist total of the season and tied for the seventh most points scored in a game this season.
• In February, Bogdanovic has already made 15 three-point shots in four games. Only Mitchell has made more this month with 16.
• The Jazz are undefeated so far in the month of February. Each of their games this month has been against the Eastern Conference. This season the Jazz have gone 9-2 from this conference.
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