Daily Dribble: Utah Jazz back on track with win over Nuggets

Daily Dribble: Utah Jazz back on track with win over Nuggets

by Kimya Oliver

After going winless for four games, the Utah Jazz defeated the Denver Nuggets 125-102.

The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers

The Jazz offense struggled early, turning the ball over twice in the first two minutes. They allowed the Nuggets to open the quarter on an 8-0 run.

Mike Conley found Bojan Bogdanovic open for a catch-and-shoot three to put the Jazz on the board. The Jazz gained offensive momentum to cut the Nuggets’ lead to 18-16 halfway through the first quarter.

With a high screen from Rudy Gobert, Jordan Clarkson pulled up from beyond the arc to sink the shot. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 37-33.

Off a bad pass, Clarkson stole the ball and Eric Paschall made the shot off the backboard to get the second quarter started. The Jazz opened the second quarter on a 10-5 run.

Donovan Mitchell had the ball on the wing on the three-point line. Rudy Gay cut to the basket for the catch and shoot at the free-throw line. The first half ended with the Jazz holding onto their lead 68-58.

Conley hit from deep to get the third quarter started. The Nuggets managed to tie the score 80-80 with 3:30 left in the third quarter. The Jazz started to get their offense rolling again. A corner pass from Joe Ingles led to Gay hitting the three-pointer. In the following play, Joe Ingles hit from beyond the arc. The third quarter ended with the Jazz leading 91-88.

Traveling: Jazz get needed road win

Clarkson drove to the basket and kicked it out to Paschall in the corner. Paschall drove to the basket for the tough up-and-under layup to get the final quarter started.

The Jazz continued to attack the rim. Gobert gave Ingles a high screen and Ingles found Gobert alone under the rim for the layup while being fouled. Gobert made the following free throw.

The Daily Double-Double

The Nuggets could not stop the Jazz’s offensive momentum for the remainder of the game. Mitchell ended with 31 points and Bogdanovic ended with 21 points. The double-double was back in action with Gobert chipping in 18 points and 19 boards.

Bounce Pass: Up Next

The Jazz will be facing LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on January 17 at 8:30 p.m. MST on NBA TV.

Featured image courtesy David Zalubowski, Associated Press

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