by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Bojan Bogdanovic rolled to the basket for the easy layup off a pass from Rudy Gobert. The Mavericks had a quick start with a 9-2 lead to open the first quarter.
Gobert gave Donovan Micthell a screen away from the ball to get free for the three-pointer. In transition, Mitchell pulled up from deep to cut the Mavericks’ lead 18-16 with seven minutes to go in the first quarter.
The Mavericks came down and hit a three-pointer and Mitchell responded from deep to tie the game at 23-23 with four minutes left in the first frame. The first quarter ended with the Jazz trailing 34-31.
Jordan Clarkson drove to the basket for the fadeaway jumper and got the friendly bounce to start the second quarter. Trent Forrest stole the ball from Maverick Spencer Dinwiddie. Eric Paschall drove to the basket and in mid-air passed the ball down low to Gobert for the layup.
The Mavericks still held a 44-40 lead halfway through the quarter. With one minute on the clock in the first half, Mitchell stole the ball off a bad pass. Bogdanovic made a bounce pass to Royce O’Neale for the easy layup. The second quarter ended with the Jazz trailing 67-60.
Conley picked the ball loose and Gobert threw it ahead to O’Neale for the layup to open the third quarter. Off an offensive rebound, Hassan Whiteside made a pass to Conley for the three-pointer to cut the Mavericks’ lead to one.
The Jazz hit back-to-back threes by Danuel House and Mitchell to take a four-point lead with two minutes in the quarter. The Jazz ended the third quarter leading 89-86.
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Clarkson made space to get open and sank the step-back three-pointer to start the fourth quarter. The Mavericks hit back-to-back threes to take a 96-92 lead, but Mitchell made a lead pass to Bogdanovic for the layup to tie the game at 96-96 with 7:30 left on the clock.
Mitchell made a pull-up three-pointer to take a 105-102 lead with less than five minutes to play. The Jazz were able to hold on for the close victory.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell ended with 33 points and Gobert notched a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing the Phoenix Suns on February 27 at 1:30 p.m. MST on ABC.
Featured image courtesy Kristin Murphy, Deseret News