By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
To open the first quarter, Bojan Bogdanovic backed down to the rim and lost possession of the ball. However, it was recovered by Rudy Gobert for the layup.
The Rockets opened the game on a 12-6 run. The Jazz turned defense into offense. Royce O’Neale picked the pocket of Rockets guard Jalen Green.
Joe Ingles made an overhead pass to Rudy Gobert for the slam dunk plus the foul. He made the following free throw to bring the Jazz within one point. The Jazz couldn’t stop the Rockets offensively. The first quarter ended with the Rockets leading 36-27.
Jordan Clarkson threw it up to Gobert for the alley-oop dunk to start the second quarter.
The Jazz opened the second quarter on a 10-7 run. Clarkson attacked the basket for a floating jump shot to bring the Jazz within one.
The Jazz managed to take a 57-55 lead with one minute to go in the second quarter. With time running down, Gobert threw it out to Ingles for a three-point shot. The Jazz closed the first half leading 62-57.
Gobert was unstoppable. Ingles made back to back lead passes to Gobert for easy buckets to open the third quarter. The Jazz opened the third on an 8-3 run to extend the lead to ten points.
Mike Conley grabbed the offensive rebound and put up the three-pointer to take a one-point lead with 2.4 seconds left on the clock. However, Garrison Matthews inbounded to Christian Wood for the buzzer-beater. The third quarter ended with the Rockets leading 83-81.
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After a two minute scoring drought, Clarkson made a floating jump shot from inside the arc to start the fourth quarter.
The Rockets continued their offensive momentum to extend the lead 101-92 with 6:30 left in the ball game. The game was neck and neck down the stretch once O’Neale gave Conley a screen to make a step-back three-pointer.
The Jazz started to gain offensive momentum with O’Neale stealing the ball, but couldn’t convert on the offensive side with less than one minute to go. The Rockets continued to make baskets to stay on top when the final buzzer sounded.
The Daily Double-Double
Bogdanović finished with 29 points and Gobert had 23 points. He also finished just one rebound shy of a double-double. Donovan Mitchell did not play due to being put in concussion protocol.
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The Jazz will be facing the Detroit Pistons today at 7 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Scott G Winterton, Deseret News