by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Rudy Gobert won the tip-off to get the Jazz offense going. Donovan Mitchell came out hot, hitting back-to-back three-pointers. The Jazz opened the first quarter on an 11-2 run.
The Jazz shut down the paint, not allowing the Wizards to get easy layups. Gobert had back-to-back blocks down low.
The Jazz started to get careless with the ball. Mitchell lost the ball out-of-bounds with the second turnover of the night, but quickly bounced back.
Jordan Clarkson found Bojan Bogdanovic on the outside for the three-pointer, still holding the lead 26-16 with less than five minutes in the first quarter. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 33-27.
To get the offense going, Clarkson made a bank jump shot inside the paint. The Wizards found a bit of daylight in their offense by going on a 7-5 run to open the second quarter.
The Jazz continued to move the ball around. Mitchell drove to the basket and threw a hook pass to the other side of the court to Bogdanović for the corner three.
The Wizards took their first lead of the game with 3:23 left in the first half as they led 49-46.
With less than two minutes, Royce O’Neale found Mitchell beyond the arc for the shot. The second quarter ended with the Wizards leading 56-53.
Bogdanović had a quick four points to open the third quarter for the Jazz. Neither team was letting up as they took turns exchanging the lead. With 45 seconds left in the quarter, Trent Forrest passed it down low to Gobert for the two-handed jam. The Jazz trailed 84-80 to close the third quarter.
Traveling: Another close loss at home
The Jazz didn’t have the best start to the final quarter. Clarkson was called for the travel which was the 14th turnover for the Jazz. As this game came down to the wire, Joe Ingles passed it to Gobert for the reverse layup to bring the Jazz within two points.
With 45 seconds left in the ball game, O’Neale drove to the basket and missed the layup, Gobert was there for the putback slam dunk.
Defensively, the Jazz caused a jump ball with three seconds on the shot clock. The Wizards won the jump ball and Wizard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit the off-balance jumper from outside to extend the Wizards lead to 108-103 with 11 seconds left in the game. They held on to win as there wasn’t enough time for the Jazz to come back.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell led the Jazz with 32 points while Bogdanović had 18 points. Gobert had another double-double with 11 points and 19 rebounds.
Mike Conley did not play in this game. The Jazz decided to rest Conley. If Conley would have played, would it have changed the ending for the game?
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets on December 20, 2021at 7 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Isaac Hale, Associated Press