by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Donovan Mitchell drove to the basket and found Royce O’Neale to get the Jazz offense started. The Jazz stepped out to an early 10-2 lead to open the first quarter. Mitchell then grabbed a defensive rebound and made a long bounce pass to Mike Conley for the fast break layup.
Bojan Bogdanovic came out and made back-to-back three-pointers to extend the Jazz lead to 18-5. The Jazz held a ten point lead with less than three minutes to play in the first. Jared Butler made a quick crossover to convert the easy drive to the basket. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 33-24.
Eric Paschall connected from deep off an assist from Butler to start the second quarter. Mitchell was active on both sides of the court. Mitchell lost the ball on a turnover, but met Net Day’ron Sharpe on the other end at the rim.
Paschall drove hard to the basket to make the a tough layup to extend the Jazz’s lead to 47-27. Paschall made the following free throw. The first half ended with the Jazz leading 68-47.
Conley came up with the steal and hit the three-pointer to start the third quarter. The Jazz opened the third quarter on an 11-4 run. The Jazz extended their lead to 85-54.
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Butler drove to the basket and made an outside pass to Bogdanovic who hit the three-pointer. The Jazz kept making it rain from beyond the arc. Paschall made a three-pointer with a dish from Trent Forrest. The third quarter ended with the Jazz leading 105-73.
Following a fake pass, Whiteside drove to the basket for the slam dunk. Mitchell then found Bogdanovic cutting to the basket for the finger roll layup. The Jaz continued to excel their offense momentum for the rest of the game.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell finished with 27 points and Paschall ended with 16 points. Bogdanovic and Azubuike both had double-doubles for the Jazz front court.
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The Jazz will be facing the New York Knicks on February 7, 2022 at 7 p.m. MST.
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