by Kimya Oliver
The Utah Jazz defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-103.
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Donovan Mitchell pulled up for the jumper to start the first quarter. The Jazz took a 23-11 lead with five minutes left in the frame.
The Jazz continued to let it fly from deep. Nickeil Alexander-Walker gave a corner pass to Bojan Bogdanovic for the shot beyond the arc with three minutes left. However, they went on a cold streak not scoring for the remainder of the quarter. The first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 33-24.
The Jazz continued to shoot well from the outside. Jordan Clarkson gave a pass to Danuel House Jr. for the three-pointer to begin the second quarter.
House Jr. converted an inside pass to Rudy Gobert for the spin move and the layup. Gobert made the following free throw to make it a three-point play.
The Jazz opened the quarter on a 13-0 run. Royce O’Neale pump-faked to get the defender in the air, drove to the basket, and made an outside pass to Mitchell for the three-pointer. The second quarter ended with the Jazz leading 61-45.
Bogdanovic attempted to shoot a three, but was smothered by his defender and made a pass to Mitchell for the outside shot to start the third quarter.
The Thunder started to gain offensive momentum opening the third quarter on a 10-5 run, but it was not enough. Mitchell pulled up from deep and could not sink the shot, but Gobert was there for the putback dunk. The third ended with the Jazz ahead 91-76.
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Gobert set a high screen to create space for Clarkson to hit the outside shot to start the fourth quarter. The Thunder slowly came back and cut the deficit to single digits, but the Jazz pulled away for the victory.
The Daily Double-Double
Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 35 points. Bogdanović scored his career-high, franchise record, and NBA record making 11 three-pointers without a single two-point shot.
Mitchell ended with 24 points and 10 assists and Clarkson ended with 20 points. Gobert joined Mitchell for Daily Double-Double honors with 12 points and 17 rebounds.
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The Jazz will be facing the Dallas Mavericks on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki