By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
To open the first quarter, Rudy Gobert won the tipoff for the Jazz. Mike Conley sank a pull-up jumper from the outside to get the Jazz offense going.
Unlike the previous game, the Jazz focused on getting most of their points inside the paint. The Jazz opened the first quarter on a 10-8 run. With two minutes to play in the first frame, Mitchell anticipated the pass for the steal and slam dunk on the other end of the court. The first quarter ended with the 76ers taking a 32-27 lead.
To begin the second quarter, Joe Ingles made a quick inside pass to Gobert who made the layup and the free throw. The Jazz found offensive momentum to tie the game 36-36 with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Things started getting physical on the hardwood as 76er Georges Niang was called for the flagrant one foul on Gobert who drained both free throws. The Jazz stretched their lead to four points with 6:30 to go in the second quarter.
With one minute left in the first half, Gobert went for a layup and couldn’t drain it. Mitchell came up with another offensive rebound for the Jazz this possession and found Bojan Bogdanovic for the pull-up jumper. The first half ended with the Jazz leading 61-52.
Mitchell threw an alley-oop pass to Gobert to get the offensive momentum started in the third quarter. The 76ers went on a 9-2 run to cut the Jazz lead to five points.
Joel Embid pulled up for the jumper, but it was blocked by Gobert. Conley pushed the ball upcourt and found O’Neale at the top of the three-point line for the swish with 7:30 to go in the third frame.
The Jazz stretched their lead to the largest of the night, 81-68, with two minutes on the clock in the third quarter. With under one minute to go, Hassan Whiteside gave Conley a high pick-and-roll for the free throw floater. The third quarter ended with the Jazz holding on to the lead 88-76.
To begin the final quarter, the Jazz opened on a 9-4 run to go up 97-80. The 76ers tried to put pressure on the ball in the backcourt, but the Jazz didn’t get intimidated. Jordwn Clarkson got the defensive rebound to bring the ball up the court and sink the three-pointer.
Four minutes left in the ball game, the Jazz stretched their lead to 111-88. Mitchell led the Jazz with 22 points while Gobert had a season-high of 21 rebounds and put up 27 points.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be traveling to DC to face the Washington Wizards on December 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Chris Szagola, Associated Press