by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Bojan Bogdanovic drove to the basket for a floating jump shot to get the Jazz offense going. The Jazz opened the first quarter on a 14-2 run. The Blazers struggled to stop Bogdanovic. He started this game off hot, scoring seven of the first 14 points for the Jazz.
With 2:30 left in the first quarter, the Trailblazers started to find offensive momentum, cutting the Jazz lead to five points, but that trend didn’t last long. Off a Blazers miss, Mike Conley brought the ball up and found Rudy Gay wide open for the catch and shoot three pointer. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 36-27.
Again, Conley made a pass to Gay beyond the arc. Gay made a pump fake to get his defender in the air, stepped inside the arc, and made the pull up jump shot to start the second quarter.
The Blazers began to slack defensively towards the end of the second quarter, allowing the Jazz to stretch their lead to 61-45 with less than five minutes to go.
Royce O’Neale made a long skip pass to Gay on the opposite side of the court. Gay then made a pass to Conley at the top of the three point line. Conley made a couple jab steps before driving to the basket for the layup.
The Blazers did not back down, cutting the lead off a 14-8 run to end the second quarter. The score was 69-59 at halftime.
Joe Ingles drove to the basket and lobbed it up to Gobert for the alley oop slam to get momentum on their side.
The Blazers kept pushing their offense, cutting the deficit to six points with 7:30 left in the third quarter. The Jazz still didn’t back down.
Off a rebound, Jordan Clarkson brought the ball up, found an open lane, and made the finger roll layup. The third quarter ended with the Jazz leading 96-82.
Traveling: Jazz finish road sweep without Mitchell
Gay made a turnaround jumper to get the Jazz going in the final quarter. The Jazz opened the final frame on an 11-5 run and extended the lead to 107-87.
For the final five minutes of the game, the Jazz put on a free throw clinic.
The Daily Double-Double
Gobert led the team with 22 points and 14 rebounds while Gay had 21 points. Donovan Mitchell was out due to a lower back strain.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing the Timberwolves on December 31 at 7 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Amanda Loman, Associated Press