By: Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Rudy Gobert gave Donovan Mitchell a high screen to create space to sink the outside shot to start the first quarter. The Pelicans opened the quarter on a 14-5 run.
The Jazz could not stop the Pelicans offensively. The Pelicans extended their lead to 28-12 with less than three minutes to go in the first quarter. Danuel House Jr. pulled up from three to end the first quarter. The Jazz struggled, ending the first frame trailing 35-17.
The Pelicans opened the second quarter strong by hitting back-to-back three-pointers. Gobert set a pick for Jordan Clarkson and rolled for the alley oop dunk.
The Jazz could not stop the Pelicans. The Pelicans opened the second quarter on an 11-5 run. The Pelicans gained a 60-31 lead with three minutes left in the first half.
Mitchell drove to the basket, but in mid-air made an outside pass to Royce O’Neale for the three-pointer. The second quarter ended with the Jazz trailing 65-38.
The Jazz started hot by hitting back-to-back threes. Bojan Bogdanovic and Mitchell tried to open the third quarter by leading the offense, but it was short-lived.
The Pelicans could not be stopped offensively. Brandon Ingram lost the ball and was quickly scooped up by Clarkson for the breakaway layup.
The third quarter ended with the Jazz trailing by a wide margin of 95-63.
Traveling: Road woes creep up on Jazz
Trent Forrest found House Jr. cutting to the basket for the layup to start the offense in the fourth quarter.
The Jazz opened the final quarter on an 11-5 run, but it was not enough. The Pelicans continued to push the ball offensively until the final buzzer.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell led the Jazz with 14 points and Hassan Whiteside finished with 13 points. Rudy Gobert got his double-double like clockwork, but it was a modest 10 points and 11 rebounds for him.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 6, 2022 at 5 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Brandon Dill, Associated Press