By: Kimya Oliver
The Jazz defeated the Kings 119-113.
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
To begin the game, the Jazz come out strong offensively, but not from beyond the arc. With seven minutes left in the first quarter, the Jazz led the Kings 12-10 despite not hitting a three-pointer. Donovan Mitchell came out aggressively at Davion Mitchell early on. The Jazz lead 33-29 at the end of the first quarter.
The younger Mitchell was feeling every shot offensively in the second quarter, being the first Kings player in double-digit scoring figures. The Kings managed to tie the score at 43 halfway through the second quarter. Jordan Clarkson struggled, shooting zero of four from the field and missing both of his free throw opportunities. The Jazz made 3-21 from beyond the arc which gave the Kings the opportunity to lead by one point, 59-58, at the end of the first half.
To open up the third quarter, the Jazz came out hot from three, hitting 4-8. Offensive rebounds helped the Jazz stay in this game and keep the score close. With the help of Buddy Hield and Davion Mitchell, the Kings still are alive with the Jazz leading 90-87 at the end of the third quarter.
At the beginning of the final quarter, both Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley had already combined for 60 points, but for the Kings, Hield was feeling his shot offensively. Clarkson continued to struggle hitting his first shot in the middle of the fourth quarter. Trailing 100-92, the Kings went on a 11-1 run to take the lead 102-101 with five minutes left to go on the clock. With 14 seconds left on the clock, De’Aaron Fox fouled out with the Kings trailing by just two points.
Donovan Mitchell had an amazing 36 points, shooting 14-30 from the field while Mike Conley had 30 points and Bojan Bogdanovic had 20 points.
The Daily Double-Double
Rudy Gobert grabbed 20 rebounds, with 19 of those being defensive rebounds. He also chipped in 12 points as he notched his sixth double-double of the season. The rebounds came early and often but he needed to get fouled a few times and knock down free throws to ice the game and get his third 20-rebound double-double of the season.
Traveling: The road is not kind to the Kings
Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 23 points. Coming off the bench, Hield had 19 points and Davion Mitchell had 18 points.
The Kings couldn’t get the win despite having more assists (24-16), blocks (8-7), and fewer turnovers (11-16). This is their second straight loss in the end of this road trip.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be traveling to Georgia to face off the Atlanta Hawks on November 4, 2022 at 5:30 p.m MST.
Featured image courtesy Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News