by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
To get the offense going, Elijah Hughes hit a bucket from beyond the arc. The Jazz came out strong, leading 20-9 with six minutes to go in the first quarter. The Raptors started to feed off of defensive stops to keep the Jazz within striking distance.
Jared Butler brought the ball up court and gave a cross court pass to Danuel House for the corner three. With half a second left on the clock, Malik Fitts caught the ball at the half court line and banked the long distance shot. The Jazz closed the first quarter leading 40-25.
The Jazz opened the second quarter on a two minute scoring drought. The Jazz played hot potato with the ball before finding Hughes in the corner for three.
The Jazz continued to let it fly from three, with Butler making a running pullup jumper to extend the lead to 51-34.
The Raptors began to over play on the outside, thus freeing the paint. Eric Paschall threw an alley oop pass to Udoka Azubuike for the slam dunk and the harm, but he could not sink the following free throw with 5:47 left in the second quarter. The first half ended with the Jazz leading 62-49.
The Raptors scored five fast points opening the third quarter, but the Jazz answered by Pachall making a driving floater jumper to push the lead back up to ten points, 64-54.
Hassan Whiteside caught the ball inside the paint and was quickly swarmed by black Raptors jerseys, so he found Butler open in the corner for the corner three-point shot.
The Jazz held a 79-66 lead halfway through the third quarter. The Raptors continued to get stops and push the ball offensively to tie the game 87-87 with 1:30 left in the quarter. The third quarter ended with the Jazz trailing 92-94.
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Hughes tipped a missed ball back in to open the fourth quarter. The Jazz began to struggle, trailing 101-113 with five minutes to go in the ball game.
The Daily Double-Double
Pachall led the Jazz with 29 points and Hughes discord 28 points. Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Rudy Gobert, Rudy Gay, Royce O’Neale, Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Ingles, and Jordan Clarkson were all out. Hughes finished just two rebounds shy of a double-double.
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The Jazz will be facing the Indiana Pacers on January 8, 2022 at 5 p.m. MST.
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