by Daniel Olsen
Records were meant to be broken. That’s exactly what the Utah Jazz have done all season. While they have broken their record for most threes in a game several times throughout this historic year, Wednesday night was time for a new record to display their dominance. Despite the absence of Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz set a franchise record for most points in a game as well as largest margin of victory. They defeated the Sacramento Kings by 49 points in a 154-105 decision.
Plenty of Jazz players got in on the scoring action from the start. Royce O’Neale was the one who got his buckets in early. His lay-up off a steal by Rudy Gobert got the Jazz on the board to tie the score at 2-2 in the first minute. The two teams traded leads early in this quarter. The Jazz kept a good offensive pace and maintained a 30-27 lead when the first buzzer sounded.
These 12 minutes were all about one guy named Georges Niang. He was driving all over the court like a brand new minivan. Whether it was grabbing boards, dropping dimes, or hitting four three-pointers in a five minute stretch, Niang made sure to leave his imprint on this second frame. This was arguably the most dominant quarter of the season as the Jazz scored 46 points while holding their opponent to just 17.
The foot did not come off the gas here. While a few sloppy turnovers gave the Kings a bit of a break to start, an Ingles three quelled any futile chance at a comeback. While he wasn’t on fire to the level of Niang, Ingles had an efficient night by making 3-6 from downtown.
His first three in the first half won some tickets to Saturday’s game vs the Raptors for Jazz fan Jeff Niebergall. Sometimes, Jazz radio broadcaster David Locke will give a Bingo card hint after the first timeout. This time, the hint was an Ingles three. The moment Ingles hit a three, whoever tweeted at Locke first won the tickets. Niebergall tweeted the second he heard the net rip. This wise strategy helped him beat a flurry of Jazz fans who tweeted seconds after when Locke announced it on the air.
Another unforgettable play seems to be every time Bojan Bogdanovic dunks a basketball. He is definitely tall and athletically capable of dunking whenever he wants. However, fans seem to get off their feet due to it being a rare occurrence. He usually does more damage from the outside then at the rim. Bogdanovic jammed it midway through the third quarter to rub a little salt in the wound for the Kings.
This point in the game is usually when the Jazz offense quiets down a bit in garbage time. This time was an exception. The bench players unleashed a flurry of buckets en route to the record night. Overall, eight Jazz players scored in double figures. Jordan Clarkson, Matt Thomas and Jarrell Brantley all joined the starters for the double-digit club in this game. With Conley and Mitchell out, Niang and Ingles joined Gobert, Bogdanovic and O’Neale in the starting lineup.
With the win, the Jazz are still in sole possession of first place in the Western Conference. However, they have a Friday night date with a Phoenix Suns team that is just a game behind. On the bright side, the Suns did push the third place Clippers to three games behind the Jazz with a primetime win on national TV on Wednesday night. Many Jazz fans were also tuned in to this game as it had a huge impact on the standings. The game will start at 8 PM Mountain Time tonight. Be sure to catch the coverage on our social media page as well as other Jazz articles.
- Clarkson has now made at least a three in 84 consecutive games. He needs just three more games to tie Buddy Hield for the sixth longest three streak in NBA history.
- The Jazz bench scored 76 points which doesn’t happen very often. Last season, the Washington Wizards scored 92 points. That is the most bench points since 1977 when this stat was first tracked.
- The Jazz dominated the battle of the boards 47-24 over the Kings.
- The Jazz hit 24 threes on 58.5 percent shooting. They shot better from three than Sacramento did from the field (48.3 percent overall).
- Hield was the most productive player for the Kings with 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds. That scoring performance would still only be good enough for the fourth best performance on the Jazz in this game.
- The last time the Sacramento Kings made the playoffs was 2006. While they aren’t officially eliminated yet, a loss doesn’t help them even have a shot at the play-in game.
- The Jazz shot better from the field in this game (64 percent) than Marvin Bagley III has shot from the free throw line this season for the Kings (56 percent).
Featured image courtesy The Sacramento Bee