Daily Dribble: Donovan Mitchell and Jazz go off on Trailblazers

Daily Dribble: Donovan Mitchell and Jazz go off on Trailblazers

By: Kimya Oliver

The Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Trailblazers 129-107.

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Neither team scored in the first two minutes of the game. To get the offense going, Donovan Mitchell found Bojan Bogdanovic beyond the arc to sink the three-point shot.

Jazz opened the first quarter on a 9-5 run, but the Trailblazers went on a 6-0 run to take the two-point lead with 4:36 left in the first quarter. 

Defensively, the Trailblazers put double-teams on Mitchell as much as possible to try and prevent him from getting hot.

The Trailblazers fed off of defense by stretching the lead to 21-13 with less than two minutes to go in the first quarter.

With five seconds left, Rudy Gobert gave a high screen to Jordan Clarkson that fed the ball to Gobert down low for the easy dunk.

The first quarter ended with the Trailblazers leading 23-21.

To open the second quarter, Mike Conley drove the ball inside but threw Gobert the alley-oop for the easy dunk. The Jazz began the second quarter on an 8-2 run to take a four-point lead with 8:30 left in the first half.

The Jazz started to improve defensively. Ingles stole the ball on one possession, but couldn’t make anything happen on the other side of the court.

With seven minutes left in the first half, Mitchell brought the ball up and swung it to Clarkson who drove the ball inside but passed it back to Mitchell. Mitchell drove the ball inside and euro-stepped around the defender for the easy finger roll.

The Jazz turned defense into offense. Bogdanovic stole the ball and immediately went the other way with Mitchell. Mitchell and Bogdanovic played hop potato up the court and Bogdanovic finished with the slam. 

The Jazz managed to get a 10 point lead with 3:17 left to go in the second quarter. They held on to end the first half with a 53-49 lead.

To kick off the third quarter, Mitchell let it fly from deep on back-to-back threes.

The Jazz went on a 10-1 run to start the third quarter to stretch the lead to 13 points. The Jazz continued that offensive momentum to stretch lead 85-66.

With 30 seconds to go in the third quarter, Gobert gave Conley a high screen who passed it to Ingles who then found Clarkson open in the corner to drain the three-point shot. The third quarter ended with the Jazz leading by 10 points.

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With the final quarter in play, Gobert found himself open for back-to-back dunks for the Jazz’s offense. 

With less than five minutes to play, Mitchell drove in for the basket for the tough layup to go up 116-99. The Jazz kept that offensive momentum until the end of the game.

The Daily Double-Double

Mitchell finished with 30 points while Clarkson ended with 22 points. Gobert ended with a double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Royce O’Neale sat out this game due to an injury from the previous game.

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The Jazz will be facing Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics tonight at 7 p.m. MST.

Featured image courtesy Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

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