Daily Dribble: Jaren Jackson Jr. hits Dagger to stun Jazz

Daily Dribble: Jaren Jackson Jr. hits Dagger to stun Jazz

by Kimya Oliver

The Jazz fell short to the Grizzlies on a buzzer-beater with the final score being 119-118.

The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers

The Grizzlies went on an early 7-2 run to open the first quarter, but that didn’t intimidate the Jazz. They responded by going on a 10-4 run to take a lead with seven minutes to play in the quarter.

The Jazz needed a spark in their offense. Donovan Mitchell threw an alley-oop to Hassan Whiteside to tie the score at 22-22 with three minutes left in the first quarter.

With six seconds left, Ziaire Williams rushed the ball up the court and passed it to John Konchar, but Rudy Gobert was there for the block. That ended the first quarter with the Jazz leading 30-27.

To get the Jazz’s offense going in the second quarter, Jordan Clarkson drove the ball in for an easy layup. The Jazz are fifth in the league in points while driving to the basket.

Again, the Grizzlies opened the second quarter on fire with an 8-4 run to take a one-point lead. The Grizzlies focused on getting easy baskets inside.

The score was down to the wire ending the second half. With seven seconds left, Mike Conley pushed the ball up the court, made a skip pass to Bojan Bogdanovic, who then found Royce O’Neale for the corner three to close the first half with a six-point lead.

The Jazz continued to have that offensive momentum on their side and fed the ball down low to Gobert for easy dunks.

The Grizzlies began to come back and turn defense into offense. With 8:30 left in the third quarter, Grizzlies Ja Morant drove for the basket, kicked it to the corner to Desmond Bane who found Jaren Jackson Jr. open from beyond the arc and knocked down the shot. That cut the Jazz lead to two points.

The Grizzlies were not letting up. With seven seconds left in the third quarter, Conley had the ball at the top and drove the ball to the basket to close the quarter with the Jazz up 96-92.

To start the fourth quarter, again Conley made a three-point basket to get the Jazz’s offense going.

The Grizzlies went in a 7-4 run to cut the lead 103-101 with seven minutes to go in the final quarter.

The point deficit was no more than six points this entire quarter and both teams continued to push each other.

With two minutes to go, the score was tied 112-112 as Morant drove to the basket, but Gobert was there for the block. The Jazz turned defense into offense, pushing the tempo. O’Neale drove to the basket but kicked it out to Bogdanović for the three-pointer to lead 115-112 with less than two minutes to go.

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With 17 seconds the Jazz leading 118-115, Mitchell tried to drive the ball in, but Morant caused him to turn the ball over.

Morant was fouled on the other side of the court. He made the first free throw, but as the ball was bouncing off the rim for the second free throw the refs called it an illegal touch, so the call was a jump ball.

With 15 seconds left, the Grizzlies won the jump ball. Morant brought the ball up, kicked it to Jackson Jr. beyond the arc, and he sank the shot to put the Grizzlies up one point, 119-118 with five seconds left in the ball game. Mitchell threw up a last second desperation attempt on the other end, but the shot was just short.

The Jazz shot 41-87 (47 percent) and 17-43 (39 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Daily Double-Double

Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 24 points while Rudy Gobert got another double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Bounce Pass: Up Next

The Utah Jazz will be facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 24 at 6 p.m. MST.

Featured image courtesy Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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