by Daniel Olsen
On a day where the eyeballs of many were on the return of NCAA Selection Sunday, the Jazz had a date with a Warriors team that could be a potential first round matchup. The Warriors busted the brackets of many who favored the Jazz with a final score of 131-119.
The Warriors duo of Draymond Green and Stephen Curry was stellar. Green had a triple double and Curry was making it rain with six three-pointers en route to 32 points on the night. Rookie lottery pick James Wiseman also looked good with 16 points off the bench.
While the Jazz had some glaring weaknesses, they did some things really well. Rudy Gobert had a career night with 24 points and 28 rebounds. He also had four blocks and two steals. The only other person to achieve a stat line of this magnitude was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Donovan Mitchell tied Gobert in the point total with 24 points of his own. However, he only made 38.8 percent of his shots from the field. He was an impressive 40 percent from three though. Conley was the only other Jazz starter to record double figures with 23 points of his own.
Clarkson continued his hot shooting with 21 points off the bench. His efficiency wasn’t the greatest by his standards with nine made shots on 23 attempts. However, he was the only bench player in double figures for the Jazz.
There was a little too much birthday magic for Curry who was feeling it a little too much on the day he turned 33 years old. The Jazz spoiled the birthday of another reigning MVP in LeBron James on December 30, 2017 but that was in Salt Lake City. It was all home cooking for Curry as he got his birthday wish with a win over the Jazz.
• Gobert matched his age and jersey number in rebounds. Curry did not match his age in points as he was just one shy, but did eclipse his jersey number.
• The Jazz only led by two points for their largest lead of this game. That is the fewest they’ve led by since they lost 117-128 to the Nuggets on January 31. In that game, one point was their largest lead.
• Joe Ingles led the team in assists with seven off the bench. This is his seventh game this season with at least that many dimes.
• The Clarkson made three-pointer streak has now hit 64. This ties James Harden for number 15 in NBA history.
• The Jazz made just 34 percent of their threes which is five percent less than their season at 39 percent.
• Mitchell had zero rebounds in this game which is the first time this NBA season that he has failed to grab at least one board.
• Gobert had his career high for most rebounds in a game which also tied Truck Robinson for a franchise high.
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