By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
To begin the first quarter, the Jazz opened on a 10-6 run.
Defensively, the Jazz began to get stop after stop. Bojan Bogdanovic started with 13 points in the quarter and shot perfectly from the court.
With four minutes in the first quarter, Hassan Whiteside gave Joe Ingles a high screen for a pick and roll for the easy layup to lead 18-10.
The Jazz continued their offensive momentum, leading 28-23 at the end of the first quarter.
To begin the second quarter, the Pelicans went on a 7-2 run to tie the score 20-20 within the first two minutes.
With seven minutes left in the first half, Jordan Clarkson drove it in for the easy layup to extend to an eight-point lead.
The second quarter was the worst shooting quarter for the Jazz. They were shooting 33 percent on the floor in that frame. The Jazz seemed to not see the bottom of the net whenever they shot.
The Pelicans went on a 14-5 run to lead by one point to end the first half.
To begin the third quarter, the score remained close as it was never greater than a four-point lead.
With six minutes left, the Pelicans led by a point. However, the Jazz went on a 6-2 run with less than five minutes in the third quarter to go up 64-61.
The Jazz needed a spark in their offense. Bogdanovic drove in for the layup, but nothing was there, so he passed it to Ingles who found Mitchell who threw it to Royce O’Neale to sink the three-point shot. The third quarter ended with a Jazz three-point lead.
With less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Jazz led by two points. Mitchell pulled up from deep and sank the shot to take the lead, 94-93.
With less than 30 seconds left the Jazz lead by two points. Mitchell drove in but he didn’t make the tough layup, so the Pelicans pushed the ball the other way. Brandon Ingram passed the ball to Devonte’ Graham beyond the arc and he sank the shot with 1.9 seconds left on the clock. Mitchell once again went for a last second desperation shot, but it was no good. Even had he made the shot, it wouldn’t have counted as Gobert committed a foul on the screen that got him open. The Jazz tried to still the ball and make a last second heave, but it was too little too late.
The Daily Double-Double
Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 23 points while Mitchell had 16 points. Both Mike Conley and Joe Ingles had 12 points each. Gobert was just one point shy of a double-double with nine points and ten rebounds.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
These two teams will battle it out once more tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. MST.
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