By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
To begin the Jazz offense, Donovan Mitchell drove to the basket but kicked it out to Mike Conley for a corner three-pointer. On the very next play, Mitchell drove in for the easy layup.
The Jazz started the first quarter on a 10-2 run, but the Thunder didn’t let that phase them. They bounced back on their own 14-2 run to take the lead 16-12 with 3:30 remaining in the first quarter.
The Jazz struggled shooting from beyond the arc. They shot 3-16 (18 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Jazz trailed 21-25 after the first quarter.
To open the second quarter, Aleksej Pokuševski hit a jump shot for the Thunder to stretch the lead to 27-21.
The Jazz started the second quarter shooting well from beyond the arc. They hit back-to-back threes to tie the score 29-29 with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter.
The Jazz started to get Rudy Gobert more involved offensively. Gobert gave Jordan Clarkson a high screen for the alley-oop finish. It was Gobert’s first dunk of the night.
With ten seconds left in the first half, Mitchell drove the ball in for a tough layup to the tie the game. However; Thunder player Josh Giddy pulled up from deep to beat the buzzer to give Oklahoma City a 52-49 lead.
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To begin the third quarter, Bojan Bogdanovic hit a mid-range jump shot. The Jazz opened the third quarter on a 14-4 run, taking a seven-point lead.
Each team was not letting up, so the score remained close for the remainder of the quarter.
With .8 seconds left on the clock, the Jazz led 81-78. The Thunder had the ball under their basket on the baseline. Kenrich Williams passed it to Pokuševski who quickly shot the ball, closing the third quarter with the Jazz still leading by one point.
To start the final quarter, Giddy lobbed it up to Williams for an alley-oop dunk. The score remained close for the entire quarter until the end. With less than two minutes to go, the Jazz led 103-101 and went on a 7-3 run to end the game. Mitchell made several clutch shots which made up for his shooting struggles for the majority of the game.
The Daily Double-Double
Clarkson led the Jazz with 20 points while Bogdanovic had 19 points. Gobert managed to get another double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
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The Jazz will be facing Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on at 7:00 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Sue Ogrocki, Associated Press