by Kimya Oliver
The Utah Jazz defeated the Atlanta Hawks 116-98.
Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
In the first quarter, the Hawks went on a 9-5 run to open the game. The Jazz couldn’t find the bottom of the net early on. They shot 5-19 from the field (26.3 percent) and 3-11 (27.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Jazz offense couldn’t control the ball which resulted in seven turnovers. Joe Ingles and Mike Conely kept the Jazz afloat making 11 of the 15 points. The first quarter ended with the Jazz trailing 16-15.
In the second quarter, Jazz continued to struggle offensively. Jordan Clarkson continued to struggle shooting the three, missing consecutive 23 shots continued from the previous game.
With two minutes left in the first half, Bojan Bogdanovic missed an open three, hung his head, and left De’Andre Hunter an open lane easy dunk. The Hawks led 40-39 closing out the first half.
To open the second half, the Hawks went on an early 11-5 run to go up 51-44. Since the shots were not falling for the Jazz, their offensive game focused on driving to the basket for easy layups. Clarkson finally got some shots to fall in this quarter. In this stretch, he was perfect from beyond the arc (2-2), and 5-6 from the field. The third quarter ended with the Jazz leading 75-74.
The Jazz went on an early 8-2 run to open the fourth quarter leading 83-76. The Jazz managed to turn up their offensive intensity stretching their lead to 94-84. In the final eight minutes, the Jazz were looking like their normal selves, hitting three-point shots and feeding the ball down low to Gobert for layups.
Jordan Clarkson led the team with 30 points off the bench, while Bojan Bogdanovic had 23 points and Joe Ingles had 19 points.
The Daily Double-Double
Rudy Gobert managed to get another double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
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The Jazz shot 41-81 (50.6 percent) from the field and 17-41 (41.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Jazz struggled with turnovers, committing 14 turnovers.
Donovan Mitchell did not play in this game due to a right ankle sprain.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Utah Jazz will be traveling to Miami, Florida to face off the Miami Heat tonight at 5:30 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy John Bazemore, Associated Press