by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Donovan Mitchell brought the ball up the court and found Bojan Bogdanovic for the three-pointer.
Both teams were not letting up. With five minutes left in the first quarter the Jazz held a 16-14 lead. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 29-22.
To begin the second quarter, Rudy Gay stole the ball off a bad pass to give it to Jared Butler for a jump shot from deep. The Jazz opened the second quarter on a 10-7 run to extend to a ten point lead.
The Timberwolves found offensive momentum towards the end of the quarter, cutting the Jazz lead to 48-42.
With two minutes left in the first half, Mitchell went coast to coast with a euro-step around his defender for the layup. The first half ended with the Jazz leading 63-50.
The Jazz started the third quarter with a bang as Trent Forrest threw the ball up to Rudy Gabert for the alley oop dunk. The Timberwolves could not stop Mitchell. He hit back to back three pointers for the Jazz. The Jazz led 72-63 with nine minutes left on the clock. The Timberwolves came back to tie the game 86-86 at the end of the third quarter.
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The Jazz needed offense on their side to close out the tight game. Jordan Clarkson drove to the basket, stopped at the free throw line, pump faked and shot the fadeaway jumper for the basket while being fouled. Clarkson made the following free throw as well.
Mitchell used his speed to drive to the basket for a tough and-1 layup of his own.
The Jazz were able to get a lead back up to 10 points with eight minutes left in the ball game.
The Jazz began to fuel off their defense. Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverly drove to the basket for the layup, but Gobert met him at the rim for the monster block. Bogdanovic pushed the ball the other way and found Mitchell trailing behind for the running layup. The lead had ballooned to 113-92 at that point. The Jazz continued their offensive momentum throughout the remainder of the game.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell had a season high of 39 points. Bogdanović had 24 points and Clarkson had 20 points. Gobert had another double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
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The Jazz will ring in the New Year by hosting Stephen Curry and the Warriors on January 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News