Daily Dribble: Last Second Defensive Stop Helps Jazz beat Cavs

Daily Dribble: Last Second Defensive Stop Helps Jazz beat Cavs

By: Kimya Oliver

The Utah Jazz defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers by one point to hang on 109-108.

The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers

The Jazz offense opened up with Mike Conley driving to the basket for the floater at the free-throw line. The Cavaliers opened the first quarter on a 13-10 run.

With 7:44 left in the first quarter, Donovan Mitchell dribbled the ball up the court, crossed over and hit the three-point shot to take the lead. Mitchell scored seven of the 15 points for the Jazz at his point.

The Jazz struggled to stop the Cavaliers from shooting from beyond the arc. With 50 seconds left, Rudy Gay swung it to Joe Ingles who received a high screen from Rudy Gobert for the driving layup. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 32-29.

To begin the second quarter, the Jazz turned defense into offense. Gay stole the ball and quickly pushed it the other way. Gay passed it to Ingles in the corner who then passed it across the court to Jordan Clarkson for the corner three, but it didn’t fall. Gobert got the offensive rebound and couldn’t get the layup to fall, but Gay grabbed the offensive rebound for the layup.

The Jazz went on a 10-6 run to open the second quarter. The score remained close for the remainder of the first half.

With 1:11 remaining in the first half, the Cavaliers committed a turnover. Michell made a cross-court bounce pass to Bojan Bogdanovic for the dunk on the other end. At intermission, the Jazz held a 60-55 lead.

To get the offense going in the third quarter, the Jazz continued to rely on their three-point shooting ability with Royce O’Neale hitting a three-pointer with an assist from Conley.

The Jazz continued their offensive momentum going on a 13-8 run to go up by ten with 8:20 left in the third quarter. In the last 50 seconds of the third quarter, Gay gave Ingles a high pick-and-pop screen to sink the contested three-pointer. The Jazz closed the third quarter leading 91-82.

Traveling: Jazz begin road trip with win

With the final quarter left to play, Conley stepped back to shot from deep. The ball rattled around the rim and fell through. The Cavaliers started to gain offense momentum, gaining the one-point lead with six minutes left in the game.

With one minute left to play, the Jazz led 107-106. Gobert gave Conley high screen who kicked it out to O’Neale for a contested three-point but couldn’t get it to fall. Gobert got the offensive rebound for the ferocious poster dunk to lead by three. The Jazz held strong on the final possession to get a critical defensive stop and win the game.

The Daily Double-Double

Mitchell led the Jazz with 35 points while Bogdanovic had 16 points and O’Neale had 12 points. While Gobert had 20 rebounds, his six points left him just shy of a double-double this time.

Bounce Pass: Up Next

The Jazz take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 8, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. MST.

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