by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
To begin the first quarter, the Heat went on an 11-5 run. The Jazz struggled shooting from the field shooting 8-21 (38 percent).
Donovan Mitchell couldn’t find his shot early. He only had three shot attempts and couldn’t sink any of them. On the other hand, Jordan Clarkson came off the bench and scored 14 points for the Jazz.
Rudy Gobert hasn’t been able to get on the good side of the referees. Dewayne Dedmon shoved Gobert after both get tangled under the basket and both ended up receiving technical fouls.
The first quarter ended with the Heat leading 27-24.
The Heat carried that offensive momentum to the second quarter by going on an 11-3 run to go up 38-27. Even without Jimmy Butler, the Jazz couldn’t find a way to stop the Heat offense as they were trailing 58-48 at halftime.
P.J. Tucker alone had five offensive rebounds while the Jazz had four in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Jazz were down seventeen points and Mitchell picked up his fourth foul with just over eight minutes left in the quarter. Utah still struggled to get defensive stops. The Heat has their largest lead of the night with a 79-59 advantage.
The third quarter ended with the Heat leading 95-69.
To begin the final quarter, Bojan Bogdanović was letting it fly from beyond the arc, making 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. In order for the Jazz to get back in future games, they will need to rely on driving to the basket to draw more fouls.
The Jazz started to gain offensive momentum quickly. With two minutes left in the fourth, the Jazz managed to make it a ten-point game, 109-99, but still couldn’t take the lead.
Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 26 points while Clarkson scored 25 and Mitchell had 22.
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Rudy Gobert also put up a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
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The two keys that the Jazz needed to do to secure this win was step up defensively to avoid the Heat going on large runs, and grabbing rebounds. The Jazz grabbed 38 rebounds while the Heat grabbed 48.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing Joel Embid and the 76ers on November 16 at 8:00 p.m MST.
Featured image courtesy Spenser Heaps, Deseret News