by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
The Jazz started off hot. Donovan Mitchell met LeBron James at the rim for the block and pushed the ball the other way. Bojan Bogdanovic found Royce O’Neale trailing in the opposite wing for the catch-and-shoot three-pointer.
The game was neck and neck, but the Jazz gained a two-point lead with less than five minutes left in the first quarter.
Mike Conley drive to the basket, pivoted and found Rudy Gay all alone for the shot from deep. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 25-24.
Conley dribbled around his defender to find Rudy Gobert under the rim for the slam dunk to start the second quarter.
The Lakers opened the second quarter on a 13-5 run, extending the Laker lead to seven points. Gobert gave Conley a high screen to shield his defender to sink the long three-point shot.
The Jazz couldn’t stop the Lakers from attacking the rim. Russell Westbrook was the greatest example of this as he met Rudy Gobert for one of the biggest poster dunks of the year. The first half ended with the Jazz trailing 52-46.
Off a defensive rebound, Mitchell pushed the ball back up the court and found Gobert alone under the rim for the slam dunk to start the third quarter. The Jazz would open the quarter with a 10-4 run to tie the game at 56-56.
With 56 seconds left, Mitchell made a pass to Joe Ingles for the three-pointer to extend the Jazz lead to ten points. The third quarter ended with the Jazz leading 78-72.
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After a two-minute scoring drought, Conley pulled up from beyond the arc to get the offense going. However, the Jazz couldn’t stop the Lakers for the remainder of the game.
The Daily Double-Double
Conley led with 20 points and Mitchell followed with 19 points. Gobert notched another double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing the Houston Rockets on January 19 at 7 p.m. MST.
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