by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
The Jazz won the tip-off to begin the game. To get the offense started, Donovan Mitchell pulled up from beyond the arc. The Jazz then hit a trio of three-pointers to open the first quarter. The Jazz went on a 14-2 run.
The offense clicked early for the Jazz. They made 8-12 shots from beyond the arc with less than two minutes to go in the first quarter. The Celtics gained offensive momentum cutting the Jazz lead 30-23 with 1:15 left in the first quarter.
With 27 seconds to go in the first quarter, Joe Ingles dribbled the ball up the court and swung the ball to Rudy Gay for the three. The Jazz led 38-25 after the first quarter.
To open the second quarter, Mike Conley made a pass to Gay at the free-throw line. He then saw Jordan Clarkson for the corner three.
Defensively, the Jazz double-teamed any Boston player that tried to post up on the low block. The Celtics gained offensive momentum by turning defense into offense. They cut the Jazz lead to three points with six minutes left in the first half.
The Jazz couldn’t stop the Celtics from driving to the basket for easy layups. They also made careless turnovers on the other end. With 20 seconds left, Conley threw it up to Gobert for the easy alley-oop dunk to close the first half leading by two points.
Mitchell drove to the basket, pivoted, and made an easy turn around jumper from the free throw to kick off the second half.
The Celtics took their first lead of the night with 7:15 of the night, but Bojan Bogdanovic answered by draining a three-point shot.
With 50 seconds to go in the third quarter, the Celtics had a one-point lead, but Conely stepped up from deep to sink the shot. In the next possession, Clarkson sinks a step-back three.
The third quarter ended with the Jazz leading 100-97.
Again the Jazz let it fly from three, Gay with an assist from Clarkson, to open the final quarter. Defensively, the Jazz started the fourth quarter in a 2-3 zone to stop the Celtics from driving to the basket.
With eight minutes to go, the Jazz led by five 109-104, but that changed quickly. The Celtics bounced back leading 113-109 with six minutes to go. Under pressure, Conley put on some moves on his defender and sank the three to cut the deficit to one point.
Traveling: Jazz end home stretch with win
The Jazz started feeding off of each other. Michell drove to the basket for the layup while being fouled by Marcus Smart and made the free throw. Mitchell, again, drove to the basket for the easy layup. The Jazz led 124-120 with 2:30 left in the ball game.
The Jazz gained momentum from the crowd. Conley made a catch-and-shoot three assisted by Royce O’Neale with less than one minute left in the ball game.
With 35 seconds on the clock, the Jazz went to Mitchell for the crossover step-back three-pointer to close out the game.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell led the Jazz with 34 points while Conley had 29 points. Rudy Gobert had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will face the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 5, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. MST.