By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
The Jazz are currently number three in the Western Conference standings.
Rudy Gobert won the tipoff. Bojan Bogdanovic had the ball at the top of the arc and got tangled up while driving to the basket, but still managed to get the ball to Mike Conley for the layup.
The score stayed tight with both teams scoring 12 points halfway through the first quarter. The Jazz found a bit of daylight with less than one minute to go in the first quarter. Gobert gave Conley a high screen to give Conley room to sink the three-pointer. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 34-27.
To start the second quarter, Joe Ingles made a finger roll layup. The Jazz stretched their lead to ten points with less than five minutes to go in the second quarter.
With 4:08 left in the second, Royce O’Neale stole the ball and made a slam dunk on the other end of the court. The first half ended with the Jazz leading 53-43.
The Jazz went on a minute and a half drought without scoring the ball into the third quarter. The Jazz offense got into their groove with Conley making a floater bank shot from inside the paint.
The Jazz went on an 11-5 run in the third quarter. Hassan Whiteside made a huge block and passed the ball to Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson gave a lead pass to Rudy Gay for the slam dunk with 3:18 left in the third quarter. The Jazz continued to hold their lead, ending the third quarter up 82-70.
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Gobert gave Ingles the high screen, but Ingles found Clarkson wide open from beyond the arc to hit the three-pointer to open the fourth quarter. The Jazz went on a 10-4 run to stretch their lead to 92-74.
Trent Forrest dribbled the ball at the top of the three-point line. Whiteside gave Ingles an off-ball screen to free him from his defender for the three-pointer.
The offense continued to click for the Jazz for the remainder of the game. Gobert met Lonnie Walker at the rim for a huge block. Conley made an upcourt pass to Bogdanovic for the easy slam dunk.
The Daily Double Double
Clarkson led the Jazz with 23 points while Bogdanovic had 19 points. Gobert also managed to get another double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell was out tonight and will be out at least for the next game due to lower back strain.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers on December 29 at 8 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Darren Abate, Associated Press