By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Joe Ingles dished the ball to Bojan Bogdanovic for a bank shot off the glass to open the first quarter. However, the Pistons opened the first quarter on a 13-9 run.
The Jazz moved the ball around beyond the arc until Trent Forrest found Bogdanovic in the corner for the three-pointer to tie the score with five minutes left in the quarter. Jordan Clarkson drove to the basket and made a reverse layup plus the foul. Clarkson made the following free throw to make it a three-point play. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 27-26.
Mike Conley threw it up to Rudy Gobert for the alley-oop slam to open the second quarter. Bogdanovic hit an open three-pointer off a pass from Rudy Gay.
This game was fairly close the entire half, until the final three minutes. Gobert gave Conley a high screen for an alley-oop pick and roll finish with less than two minutes left. The Jazz closed the first half extending their lead 60-52.
Mike Conley drove to the basket for the driving hook to get the offense going to open the third quarter. The Pistons gained offensive momentum and took the lead within three minutes, but that didn’t last long.
The Jazz regained their lead and stretched it to a nine point advantage with less than three minutes to go in the third.
Ingles managed to get a steal off a turnover. Gay threw it up to Forrest for the tough finish at the rim. The third quarter ended with the Jazz heading into the fourth quarter with an 87-82 lead.
Traveling: Jazz back in the win column at home
Ingles drove to the basket to open the final quarter. The Jazz opened the fourth on a 13-2 run.
The Pistons managed to cut the Jazz’s lead 97-94 with six minutes to go in the game, but the Jazz continued to feed off the crowd’s energy to gain offensive momentum.
The Daily Double-Double
Gobert had a double-double while leading the Jazz with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Bogdanovic finished with 23 points and Clarkson had 20 points.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 23 at 6:30 MST.
Featured image courtesy Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News