by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Mike Conley made a fadeaway jumper to get the offense started for the Jazz. The first quarter opened up with the Knicks opening on a 21-9 run.
Conley made a wing pass to Jordan Clarkson for the driving and-1 layup to tie the game at 25-25. Clarkson made the following free throw. The first quarter ended with the score tied 28-28.
Eric Paschall drove baseline to the basket to get the layup to open the second quarter. The Knicks opened the second quarter on a 12-6 run.
Donovan Mitchell drove to the paint to get an easy floater. Mitchell was all over the court. With a dish from Bojan Bogdanovic, Mitchell hit a corner three-pointer to give the Jazz a three-point lead. The first half ended with the Jazz in front by two points, 59-57.
Bogdanovic hit a three-pointer to start out the third quarter. The Jazz jumped to a nine-point lead, but that didn’t last long. The Knicks took a two-point lead halfway through the quarter.
The Jazz went on a four-minute scoring drought before Mitchell drove to the basket for the layup with five minutes remaining in the third. As the clock ran down, Jordan Clarkson made a tip-in and the third quarter ended with the Jazz trailing 86-82.
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After two minutes of not scoring, Conley hit a shot from beyond the arc to open the fourth quarter. The Jazz started to get hot from beyond the arc with Clarkson hitting a three-pointer to cut the Knicks lead 89-88.
Royce O’Neale then went on to sink two three-pointers to give the Jazz a 98-92 lead with six minutes to play. Mitchell stole the ball and jammed the highlight slam dunk on the other end.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell ended the night with 32 points while Bogdanovic had 20 points. Nobody was terribly close to a double-double, although Udoka Azubuike was three points shy while Donovan Mitchell was three rebounds shy. With Gobert still out of the starting lineup, keep an eye out for these new faces on the next double-double watch.
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The Jazz will be facing Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on February 9 at 8 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Kristin Murphy, Deseret News