Daily Dribble: Jazz Continue Dominance on Christmas Day Showdown with Mavs

Daily Dribble: Jazz Continue Dominance on Christmas Day Showdown with Mavs

by Kimya Oliver

The Utah Jazz defeated the Dallas Mavericks 120-116.

The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers

Donovan Mitchell drove to the basket and made a turnaround mid-range jumper to open up the first quarter. The Jazz couldn’t slow to the Mavericks as they allowed them to open the first quarter on a 22-9 run.

With five minutes left in the first quarter, Bojan Bogdanovic turned defense into quick points. He stole the ball from a bad pass and dunked on the other end of the court. The first quarter ended with the Mavericks leading 34-25.

Mike Conley showed that not only could he shoot, but his ball-handling skills are elite too. He made a clean crossover to hit a three-pointer to open the second quarter. The Jazz offense began to click, opening the second quarter on a 14-2 run to take the lead with nine minutes left in the quarter.

Mitchell and Rudy Gobert gave Conley a double ball screen. Conley gave a quick over-the-top pass to Mitchell for the easy driving layup.

The Mavericks could not stop Mitchell. With less than three minutes in the second quarter, Mitchell brought the ball up, split the defense, and made a slam dunk.

The intensity in the crowd erupted in the building. The Jazz had a two-point lead as they led 65-63 to end the first half.

Gobert gave Conley a high pick and roll, but Conley kicked it beyond the arc to Bogdanovic for the triple to get the Jazz’s offense started in the third quarter.

The Mavericks managed to give themselves some wiggle room by taking an 82-75 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Conley made a pass to Joe Ingles who couldn’t find a driving lane, so Ingles gave it right back to Conley who found a driving lane for the floating jump shot from inside the paint. The game was tied 90-90 at the end of the third.

Traveling: Jazz win another game on Christmas

Rudy Gay drove from the corner and made a skip pass to Jordan Clarkson who was wide open from beyond the for three. The Jazz opened the fourth quarter on a 12-4 run to go up 102-94.

Clarkson drove to the basket but was met at the rim by multiple Mavericks. Gobert was there to grab the rebound to kick it out to Mitchell who sank the triple. 

In the very next play, the Jazz forced a turnover. Mitchell lobbed it up to Gobert for the reverse dunk to take a seven-point lead with 5:30 left in the game.

Mitchell drove to the basket for a floating jump shot and couldn’t make it fall, but grabbed his own rebound for the putback layup and got fouled. Mitchell made the following free throw with less than 1:30 left on the clock. The Jazz hung on to win.

The Daily Double-Double

Mitchell finished this game with 33 points while Bogdanovic had 25 and Conley had 22. Gobert had a modest double-double with ten points and 11 rebounds.

Maverick Luca Doncic did not play tonight due to a previous ankle injury that isn’t 100 percent healed yet.

Bounce Pass: Up Next

The Jazz will be facing Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs on December 27, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. MST.

Featured image courtesy Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News

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