by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
The Jazz started the game off leading 18-14. Donovan Mitchell had 11 of those points, starting a perfect 4-4 from the field. Domantas Sabonis picked up two fouls after only four minutes into the game. With two minutes left, the Pacers gained offensive momentum to take a 24-22 lead and end the quarter up 32-30.
Jordan Clarkson made his first shot of the game from beyond the arc, giving the Jazz the lead 40-38 with seven minutes left in the first half. However, that didn’t threaten the Pacers. The Pacers outplayed the Jazz on both ends of the court by rebounding the ball. The score was 60-51 with the Pacers leading at the half.
The Pacers kept that offensive momentum, remaining in the lead 71-60 with six minutes left in the third quarter. The Jazz went on an 8-3 run, cutting the deficit to 74-68 with three minutes remaining. The Jazz couldn’t stop Malcolm Brogdon in the third quarter scoring 13 of his 30 points. The quarter ended with the Jazz still trailing 85-77.
Four minutes into the fourth quarter the Jazz were still trying to get back into the game as they were down 94-87. They couldn’t stop the Pacers for the remainder of the ball game. The frustration mounted as Mitchell, Ingles and Gobert were ejected after an altercation involving centers Gobert and Myles Turner. Gobert was fouled and appeared to drag Turner down. After getting up, Turner shoved Gobert and was met swiftly by a bear hug from the French center and other Jazz players rallying around their teammate.
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Mitchell led the Jazz with 26 points while Gobert had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Clarkson had 11 points.
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Mitchell had a great shooting night making 11-20 (55 percent) from the field and 3-7 (42 percent) from beyond the arc.
Clarkson struggled, shooting 3-14 (21 percent) from the field and 2-10 (20 percent) from beyond the arc.
Utah struggled shooting from beyond the arc as they made just 9-32 (28 percent). However, they shot decently from the field, shooting 39-83 (47 percent).
The Jazz got had 37 rebounds with seven being offensive rebounds. That was meager in comparison to the Pacers who had 53 rebounds and 15 of them being offensive rebounds.
Defensively, the Pacers locked down the Jazz. Indiana had five blocks in comparison to Utah’s impressive four blocks.
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The Jazz will be facing the Miami Heat for the second time this season on November, 13, 2021 at 3 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Laura Seitz, Deseret News