By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Rudy Gobert won the tipoff for the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell quickly threw it up to Gobert for the alley-oop slam to get the Jazz offense started. The Jazz opened the first quarter on a 14-8 run.
The Jazz made sure they protected the three-point line as they only allowed the Wizards to make one three-pointer in the first frame. With less than two minutes left in the first quarter, Jordan Clarkson found Rudy Gay open beyond the arc to sink the three-point shot. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 28-24.
The Jazz went on almost a two-minute drought in the second quarter without scoring a point. Conley found Rudy Gobert under the rim for the easy layup. The Wizards found errors in the Jazz defense, opening the second quarter on a 10-6 run to tie the game at 34-34 with 7:21 left in the second quarter.
The Wizards couldn’t stop Mitchell. With five minutes left in the second quarter, Mitchell drove in for the easy layup, which gave him 17 points, scoring nearly half of the 41 Jazz points at that time. The Wizards found offense momentum and ended the first half leading by one point, 51-50.
To open the third quarter, the Jazz went back to alley-oop action. Conley threw an alley-oop to Gobert for the slam. Mitchell got his first points of the second half halfway through the third, hitting from beyond the arc with an assist from Royce O’Neale.
The score was tight until the last few minutes of the third. The Jazz stretched their lead to 75-67 with 2:20 left in the third quarter. Then, Clarkson stole the ball from Wizards guard Bradley Beal. Clarkson and Mitchell pushed the ball quickly in the other direction. Clarkson lobbed it up to Mitchell for the slam. The third quarter ended with the Jazz leading 81-69.
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To open the fourth quarter, Clarkson made a turnaround jump shot and was fouled for the three-point play. Clarkson also made the free throw following the basket. The Jazz opened the final quarter on a 10-7 run. With 7:30 left in the game, Clarkson stopped on a dime at the free-throw line for the alley-oop to Hassan Whiteside.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell led the Jazz with 28 points while Gobert had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Jazz are currently third in the Western Conference behind the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns.
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The Jazz will be facing Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers on December 15, 2021 at 8 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Nick Wass, Associated Press