By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the numbers
The Jazz won the opening tip-off to begin the ball game. Mike Conley drove to the basket to open the offensive momentum for the Jazz, but the Timberwolves still managed to open the first quarter on an 8-2 run.
The Jazz struggled to keep the ball inbounds in the first two minutes, turning the ball over twice. The Jazz gained offensive momentum with eight minutes to go and took a one-point lead.
Royce O’Neale pushed the ball up the court and made a quick pass to Bojan Bogdanovic for the shot from beyond the arc to take a 19-17 lead halfway through the first quarter. The Jazz favored shooting from beyond the arc with less than two minutes in the first quarter, shooting 6-13 (46 percent). The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 34-33.
To open the second quarter, Conley drove to the basket and was blocked by Naz Reid. However, Rudy Gobert was there for the rebound and putback layup.
The Jazz opened the second quarter on a 10-6 run. The Timberwolves pushed the ball upcourt. Rudy Gay stole the ball from Reid, who tried to dribble through two defenders, and on the other end, Clarkson was there to drill the three-pointer with 7:30 left in the first half.
With less than one minute to go in the first half, Gobert got his third personal foul, putting him in foul trouble. Gobert was so frustrated he threw water on the court, but the referees didn’t overreact and moved forward with the game. Donovan Mitchell made a driving layup with 13.4 seconds left and the first half ended with the Jazz leading 60-59.
The third quarter began with Mitchell struggling to get the shot to fall from beyond the arc, but O’Neale was there for the offensive rebound for a corner pass to Bogdanovic for the corner three. Three minutes into the third quarter, Gobert picked up his fourth personal foul, which wasn’t the best situation for the Jazz to be in.
With 6:30 to go, the Jazz turned defense into offense. When the Timberwolves missed, Mitchell grabbed the defensive rebound and took it all the way in the paint for a layup. He also made the free throw following the foul. The Jazz led by 10 points at that moment.
The Jazz continued to shoot from deep. Joe Ingles made a corner pass to Royce O’Neale for a corner three. The third quarter ended with the Jazz leading 95-81.
At the beginning of the final quarter, Clarkson drove to the basket and missed the layup, but Gobert was there for the putback. The score remained at a ten-point differential with 7:48 to go in the ball game. The Jazz continued to feed off of each other to push to a 130-101 lead with two minutes to go.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell led the Jazz with 36 points while Bogdanović had 21 points and Clarkson had 18. Gobert managed to get a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be playing the Philadelphia 76ers on December 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Stacy Bengs, Associated Press