by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
After almost a two-minute scoring drought, Mike Conley pushed the ball up the court and passed it to Bojan Bodganvić for the corner three.
This game started off tight with both teams scoring 12 points halfway through the first quarter. The Warriors found offensive momentum to take a 26-20 lead with one minute to go in the first. With four seconds left, Conley threw it up to Rudy Gobert for the alley opp dunk. The first quarter ended with the Jazz trailing 29-24.
The Warriors continued that offensive momentum opening the second quarter on a 9-2 run, but the Jazz were not backing down.
Gobert gave Rudy Gay a high screen to open the lane for the tough layup plus the foul. Gay made the following free throw. With four minutes left in the first half, the Warriors held a 52-39 lead. Ending the first half, the Warriors held a 64-50 lead.
The Jazz felt comfortable from deep opening the third quarter. Conley and Royce O’Neale both hit threes to cut the score to a 66-56 deficit.
Off an offensive foul, the Jazz pushed the ball up the court. Mitchell found Bogdanovic in transition for the catch and shoot three-pointer to take a 75-74 lead.
In the next play-up the court, Joe Ingles found O’Neale open for three to extend the lead to four points. The Jazz closed the third quarter leading 91-86.
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Conley made a shot from deep to begin the fourth quarter for the Jazz. The Warriors began to get into their offensive groove by taking a 106-103 lead with five minutes left n the ball game.
The Jazz couldn’t stop the Warriors from hitting shots from deep for the remainder of the game.
The Daily Double-Double
Both Mitchell and Bogdanovic had 20 points each to end the ball game. Gobert had another double-double with 20 points and 19 rebounds.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing the New Oreleans Pelicans on January 3 at 6 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News