By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Bojan Bogdanovic gathered the defensive rebound and brought it coast to coast for the layup on the other end.
After getting beat up on the offensive end, Hassan Whiteside answered back with a big block. Donovan Mitchell went the other way and found Royce O’Neale for the three, but couldn’t convert. Mike Conley grabbed the offensive board and passed it to Donovan Mitchell who sank the long three-pointer.
The Jazz opened the first quarter on a 13-2 run as the Pistons continued to struggle offensively. O’Neale stole the ball off a bad pass and found Bogdanovic open for the slam on the other end. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 35-21.
Whiteside made a hook shot inside the paint to get the second quarter started. The Jazz extended their lead to 44-27 with nine minutes left in the second quarter.
The Jazz struggled from outside, shooting 2-10 in this quarter, but made up by getting points in the paint.
Holding a 13 point lead, O’ Neale made a driving layup with a dish from Conley. The first half ended with the Jazz leading 61-48.
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The Pistons gained offensive momentum opening the third on a 10-4 run and cutting the Jazz lead to 65-58. O’Neale gave Mitchell a high screen to open the lane for a layup, but was fouled. Mitchell sank both free throws. The Pistons took an 88-84 lead to end the third quarter.
The Jazz managed to take a one-point lead with eight minutes left in the ball game, but that didn’t last long. They remain searching for answers after allowing the worst offensive team in the league to score 78 points in the second half.
The Daily Double-Double
The Pistons continued their offensive momentum for the rest of the quarter. Mitchell had 31 points and Whiteside had a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Rudy Gobert didn’t participate in the game due to being in COVID-19 protocols.
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The Jazz will be facing the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 12 at 7 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Carlos Osorio, Associated Press