by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
The Jazz came out slow to start the game, allowing the Lakers to open the first quarter on an 8-0 run. Donovan Mitchell pulled up from deep to to end the four minute scoring drought.
Mitchell continued to shoot from beyond the arc to bring the Jazz within four points. The Jazz fed off defense momentum and turned it into easy fastbreak points.
Russell Westbrook drove to the basket but was met at the rim with Royce O’Neale contesting his shot. Mitchell later drove to the basket for the fast break layup and couldn’t get it to fall. However, Forrest was there for the offensive rebound and kicked out to Bojan Bogdanovic for the three-pointer.
Off a bad pass, Forrest stole the ball and gave it up to Jordan Clarkson for the floater. The first quarter ended with the score tied 27-27.
Clarkson drove to the basket for the layup to start the second quarter. The Jazz took a two-point lead after Forrest made a reverse layup with 7:30 left on the clock.
Clarkson passed the ball to Mitchell who hit the outside shot to extend the Jazz lead to five points.
Laker Stanley Johnson was met at the rim with Rudy Gobert for the big block. O’Neale pushed it up to Mike Conley who threw the alley-oop pass to Gobert for the easy dunk on the fast break. The first half ended with the Jazz leading 53-46.
Mitchell drove to the basket for the layup to get the third quarter started. Gobert set a screen to open the lane for Conley to score a layup, his first points of the game. The Jazz extended their lead 76-63 with three minutes on the clock and ended the third frame leading 79-71.
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With the dish from Eric Paschall, Clarkson made a shot from beyond the arc to begin the final quarter.
Mitchell drove to the basket, stopped quickly to create space, and sank the jumper to extend the lead to 90-80 halfway through the fourth.
The Lakers came back to take a two-point lead with two minutes to go. Mitchell made the corner pass to Bogdanovic for the three-pointer to make it a one-point game, 100-99, but the Lakers answered with a three of their own to bring the lead back to four points.
With 17 seconds left, Bogdanovic made the floating bank shot, but it wasn’t enough. Westbrook made critical free throws down the stretch to maintain the lead for the Lakers.
There are several mistakes that could be pointed to down the stretch. One was a critical turnover by Royce O’Neale that gave the Lakers one of their many easy transition baskets on the night.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell finished the game with 37 points and Bogdanovic ended with 15 points. While nobody was particularly close to a double-double, Gobert did have 11 boards. He just had five points to go with it.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing the Dallas Mavericks on February 25 at 6 p.m. MST. For now, they will mostly be taking time off on the All-Star break. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell will face each other in the All-Star game this weekend.
Featured image courtesy Mark J. Terrill, AP