by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Bojan Bogdanovic drove to the basket and quickly ran into a double team. He made a tough pass to Mike Conley who found Royce O’Neale in the corner to get the offense going for the Jazz.
The Jazz opened the first quarter on an 11-5 run. The Grizzlies turned defense into offense to cut the Jazz’s lead 13-12 with five minutes left in the quarter.
The Jazz got called for a backcourt violation, but they disagreed and tempers started to rise. Jordan Clarkson rolled the ball down the court away from the referee and was called for the technical.
Clarkson made a quick jab to the right and drove left to the basket for the easy pull-up jump shot in the paint. The first quarter ended with the Jazz trailing 31-30.
Conley drove to the basket and kicked it to the corner to Rudy Gay. He then found Danuel House for an open basket from beyond the arc to begin the second quarter.
This game was neck-and-neck. Gay gave Clarkson a screen to switch defenders and Clarkson sank a three-pointer.
The Jazz began to struggle to keep the ball inbounds, turning the ball over in back-to-back possessions. That allowed the Grizzlies to take a 46-42 lead with 6:23 left in the second quarter.
Off a bad pass, Conley stole the ball and saved it from going out of bounds right to Joe Ingles. He then made a long pass to Bogdanovic for the finger roll layup.
The Grizzlies continued to feed off of their offense momentum to close out the first half leading 59-51.
Ingles dribbled the ball beyond the arc while Conley was down low getting an off-ball screen to get open to sink the three-pointer. After a cold first half, Conley made back-to-back floaters to cut the Grizzlies lead 68-62.
The Jazz couldn’t stop the offensive momentum of the Grizzlies as the home team continued to hold their double-digit lead (78-68) with five minutes in the third quarter.
With the time ticking, Conley sank a step-back three-pointer to close the third quarter. However, the Jazz continued to trail 88-78 when the third quarter ended.
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With a dish from Gay, House hit a shot from beyond the arc to open the final quarter.
Clarkson drove to the basket and was met at the rim. He still recovered the offensive rebound to kick it out to O’Neale who hit the three-pointer. That cut the deficit to 105-101 with 4:30 left in the ball game.
The Jazz got hit with another technical foul. Bogdanovic wasn’t happy about not getting a foul call after drawing contact while going up for the layup.
The Grizzlies locked down defensively for the remainder of the game and held on to win.
The Daily Double-Double
House led the Jazz with 21 points and Conley finished with 15 points. With 11 points and 8 rebounds, Hassan Whiteside was the closest to getting a double-double. Once Rudy Gobert is back, this segment should heat up a bit more.
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The Jazz will be facing the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 30 at 6 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Brandon Dill, Associated Press