By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Rudy Gobert won the tipoff for the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell made a turnaround jumper to get the Jazz’s offense going. The Jazz opened the first quarter on a 13-11 run.
With 4:56 left in the first quarter, Donovan Mitchell drove to the basket but was fouled and sank both free throws, helping the Jazz lead 22-20.
Gobert gave Mike Conley a high pick and roll, but Conley couldn’t convert the layup. Gobert was there for the putback layup. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 35-31.
The Jazz struggled to get a basket in the first minute of the second quarter, but finally Clarkson got a three-pointer to fall on an assist from Gobert. The Clippers went on an 11-3 run to take a 42-38 lead with nine minutes left in the first half.
The Jazz started to drive the ball inside for easy layups as Mitchell drove the ball inside. They gained offensive momentum by taking a one-point lead with five minutes in the second quarter. It came at the hands of Jordan Clarkson as he finished on a driving floating layup.
Mitchell swung the ball to the corner to Royce O’Neale for the three-pointer to stretch the Jazz lead to 53-49. The Jazz led at the end of the first half 65-59.
The Jazz played hot potato with the ball beyond the arc to begin the third quarter to find Conley for the three-point shot.
The Jazz held onto an 11 point lead halfway through the third quarter, 76-65. Mitchell did what he does best, driving to the basket for the easy layup with six minutes left in the third quarter. The third frame ended with the Jazz continuing to lead 93-81.
Traveling: Jazz come back home and don’t miss a beat
To begin the fourth quarter, Rudy Gay hit an outside shot to get the offense back in the groove. The Jazz offense began to struggle, turning the ball over on back-to-back possessions. Clarkson drove to the basket stretching the score back to ten points. The Jazz led 100-90 with nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, the Jazz dropped in a 2-3 zone. The Jazz continued to push that offense momentum for the rest of the game.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell led the Jazz with 17 points and Clarkson finished with 21 points.
Both Bojan Bogdanovic and Rudy Gobert put up 20 points, but Gobert also added 17 rebounds.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Utah Jazz will play the San Antonio Spurs on December 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Spenser Heaps, Deseret News