By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
To begin the first quarter, the Jazz jumped to an early 17-11 lead. With two minutes left in the quarter, the Hawks went on a 15-9 run to tie the score at 26. Both teams played solid defense and offense ending the quarter with the Jazz leading 30-28.
Hassan Whiteside played 22 minutes coming off the bench and those minutes, especially in the second quarter with Gobert in foul trouble, were huge. The Hawks went four for 13, (30 percent), in the paint in the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Rudy Gobert picked up his third foul with 10 minutes left to play in the first half, which is not the best thing for the Jazz. The Jazz need Gobert in the paint protecting the rim and grabbing rebounds, offensive and defensive. With Gobert on the bench, the Jazz pushed the lead to nine points, 54-45, with two minutes to go. The first half finished with the Jazz leading 62-50.
The Hawks went on an 8-0 run, 62-58, to open the third quarter. With two minutes left in the third quarter, the Jazz found offensive momentum to lead 86-75. Mike Conley used his body to cause John Collins to pick up his fourth foul, which was needed. Collins had a 31 percent success rate as a shot blocker last season. The Jazz closed the third quarter leading 95-80.
In the final quarter to play, the Jazz came out rocky with Gobert fouling and Joe Ingles receiving a technical foul. The Hawks saw the Jazz break down and manage to cut the lead 98-91 with eight minutes left to play. In the last five minutes, the Jazz defense improved, going on a 10-2 run to go up 108-93. That essentially ended the game.
The Daily Double-Double
This section tracks the performance of Jazz players and answers the question we are all wondering: Did Rudy Gobert get a double-double?
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 27 points. He shot 11-20 (55 percent) from the field and 5-10 (50 percent) from beyond the arc.
Bojan Bogdanović had 18 points and Jordan Clarkson bounced back with 16 points. Gobert managed to grab 14 rebounds and score nine points. He was just shy of the double-double that Jazz fans check for in every box score. Clarkson had a solid shooting night shooting 6-12 ( 50 percent) from the field and 4-9 (44 percent) from beyond the arc.
Traveling: There is no place like home for the Jazz shooters
The Jazz shot 41-81 (50.6 percent) from the field and 15-38 (39.5 percent) from beyond the arc. The Jazz managed to get eight steals and score 40 points in the paint.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Utah Jazz will be facing the Indiana Pacers on November 11 at 7 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News