by Daniel Olsen
If the first three quarters were a drought by Jazz standards, a monsoon finally came in the fourth quarter. The Jazz poured on 41 points and 10 three-pointers in the final frame em route to a franchise record 28 threes in the game. This resulted in a 132-110 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
While the game ball usually goes to the starters, this time it has to go to three guys off the bench who scored 20 points each. Jordan Clarkson, Georges Niang and Joe Ingles combined for 62 points in the win. Niang received the celebratory water bottle shower from his teammates after making all seven of his three point attempts en route to 21 points. Ingles scored seven threes and Clarkson contributed five as well.
Mitchell contributed a team high 23 points and eight assists in the win. He also had some emphatic dunks and was the motor that kept the Jazz going when the Hornets were leading early on. He contributed three shots from downtown as well.
Rudy Gobert added another double-double to his collection on the season. That included 10 points and 12 rebounds. While that sounds like a modest night for him, keep in mind that he tied his season high of six blocks on the night. While Lamelo Ball bragged that Conley was too small to guard him, Gobert definitely was big enough to swat the young rookie. His defensive value resulted in a +24 plus/minus on the night.
While Royce O’Neale and Bojan Bogdanovic struggled on the night with a combined 18 points on the night, they still looked for other ways to contribute. O’Neale was the lockdown defender the Jazz needed in key moments. While Bogdanovic missed each of the four triples he attempted, he also made every other shot from the field that he attempted. He had two ten-foot shots on each side respectively.
The Jazz are now 25-6 on the season and still hold the claim to the best record in the NBA. After tonight’s games, they are 3.5 games ahead of both Los Angeles teams in the Western Conference. The Jazz had the chance to tie the Bucks’ record of 29 three-pointers but decided to be classy and instead run out the clock. The race to be the first team to make 30 threes will be a fun one in the NBA. For now, the Jazz can celebrate their absolute dominance over the Hornets for the second time this year.
• The Jazz have made a total of 55 threes in their two matchups over the Charlotte Hornets this season. That is two more shots from downtown than the Hornets have made in their last four contests.
• This was the second highest scoring game in a win in Niang’s career. His highest was 24 points against the Clippers in 2019.
• The Jazz second-unit set an NBA record for most threes off the bench with 19.
• Hayward injured his hand with ten minutes left in the game. From that point on, the Jazz outscored the Hornets 30-18.
• Over 67 percent of field goal attempts by the Jazz were from beyond the arc in this game.
• Ball tied Hayward for a game high for the Hornets with 21 points. Niang matched that off the bench and needed only a quarter of Ball’s attempts to do it.
• The Jazz lead by just one at the end of the third quarter but outscored the Hornets by 21 points in the fourth quarter. The Beehive State more than doubled the output of Buzz City in the final frame.
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