by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
To tip of the first quarter, the Magic went on a 12-6 run and started 5-5 from the field. With three minutes left in the quarter, the Jazz trailed by nine points with the score at 24-15. The Jazz could not find the bottom of the net, shooting 7-25 in this period (28 percent). Jordan Clarkson was having a rough start shooting 1-6 (17 percent) from beyond the arc. With the worst quarter of the season, the Jazz trailed 28-15 after the first quarter.
The Jazz opened the second quarter determined to bounce back. They were pushing the ball up the court. The Jazz shot 11-24 (46 percent) from the field, getting most of their points inside the paint. The Jazz closed the first half up 52-50.
The Jazz kept that offensive momentum coming into the second half. With six minutes left in the third quarter, the Jazz pushed the lead to 71-62. Donovan Mitchell picked up his fourth foul with four minutes left in the quarter, which was not what the Jazz needed. With Mitchell on the bench, the Magic took this opportunity to cut the lead to 77-72 with two minutes left in the quarter. The Jazz still managed to lead by 10 points (85-75) at the end of the third quarter.
With one final quarter left to play, the Magic went on a 14-8 run to cut the lead down 89-83. Mitchell picked up his fifth foul with eight minutes left to play and the Jazz were in danger.
With six minutes left on the clock, the Jazz only led 91-90. The Jazz had shot 7-36 (19 percent) from beyond the arc at this point in the game. The Magic’s offense was too much to handle as they took the lead 105-100 with 20 seconds left to play in the game.
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Rudy Gobert bounced back with 21 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. This marks his eighth double-double of the season. Mitchell also put up 21 points.
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It was a poor shooting night for the Jazz as they shot 34-89 (38.2 percent) from the field and 8-42 (19 percent) from beyond the arc.
Joe Ingles and Clarkson did not have the best shooting night individually as well either. Ingles finished with five points and Clarkson finished with six points.
The Jazz had the best record in the NBA in the Western Conference last season, but the goal is to win a championship.
Will the Jazz have the best record this season, once again? Do they have enough this year to win it all, or do they need to make some changes to the roster?
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The Jazz will be heading home to face the Atlanta Hawks on November 9, 2021 at 7 p.m. MST.
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