by Daniel Olsen
Athletic wing defenders on the Heat cooled off the Jazz the night prior. However, they returned back to form in a 124-109 victory over the Orlando Magic. On a day where Disney on Ice brought magic to thousands of young Jazz fans in Vivint Arena, Donovan Mitchell showed flashes of his playoff magic in the very same city six months prior. He went off for 25 points in the second half after struggling in the first. It paid dividends for the Jazz.
Mitchell finished with 31 points on the night to end the trip to Florida with an impressive 61 points in two nights. While they didn’t get the sweep on the Sunshine State, Mitchell wasn’t completely to blame. It is a team sport and the Miami Heat played spectacular the night prior. He connected on a team high five shots from downtown.
Gobert was once again on the money with another double-double in this win. He had 12 points and 16 rebounds. He also had two blocks on the night and had the defensive performance of the day. The Jazz outscored the Magic by 16 points when Gobert was on the court.
Clarkson had the most points of the bench and more than any starter not named Donovan Mitchell. He had 18 points on the night. While he struggled from deep, he was making plenty of moves in the short game.
Georges Niang was back to his sweet shooting self. While he had zero points and attempts in the loss to Miami, his performance against the Magic was much closer to his perfect night against the Lakers on Thursday. He made three shots from beyond the arc on five attempts with a total of 13 points on the night.
The Jazz outscored the Magic in every quarter and they finished the month of February with 12 out of 14 games in the win column. They will take Sunday off before flying to the other side of the Gulf Coast. Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will be waiting for them. The Jazz will host the Magic on April 3, 2021 for their final game of the season series.
• The Jazz won 27 of their first 34 games of the season. This is their best start in franchise history.
• Gobert, number 27 for the Utah Jazz, is leading the NBA in field goal percentage among players averaging 30 minutes or more per game. He has connected on 63.9 percent of his attempts.
• Mitchell scored 30 or more points in consecutive games for the first time in the 2020-2021 NBA season.
• The last time Mitchell had a 30 point game streak better in the regular season was almost a year ago. He score 30 or more in four straight games but the Jazz went just 1-3 in those games from February 22-28.
• With 60 straight games of at least one made three-pointer, Clarkson is now number 22 on the all-time list on such a streak.
• The Jazz have lost to three teams from the Eastern Conference and four from the Western Conference. No team has beaten them twice on the season.
• Rudy Gobert has finished the month of February with 2.8 blocks per game. He recorded five blocks in two games within that span as well.
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