by Kimya Oliver
The Utah Jazz fell short to the Dallas Mavericks by a final score of 111-103.
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Donovan Mitchell drove to the basket and made an outside corner pass to Bojan Bogdanovic for the shot to start the game.
The Mavericks gained a 26-18 point lead with less than five minutes to go in the quarter. After two made free throws from Mitchell with 1:45 left on the clock, the Jazz could not find the bottom of the net. They ended the first quarter trailing 24-30.
The Jazz went scoreless in the first four minutes in the second quarter. They allowed the Mavericks to open the second quarter on a 13-0 run.
Jordan Clarkson made a turnaround jumper to get the offense going for the Jazz. The Mavericks continued to gain offensive momentum. They extended their lead to 51-36 with five minutes left in the first half.
Mitchell and Royce O’Neale hit back-to-back three-pointers for the Jazz. They ended the second quarter still trailing 60-49.
As the quarter ended, Rudy Gobert tossed the ball to Maverick Luka Doncic and he did not appreciate that. Doncic threw the ball back at Gobert as he walked away and got hit with a technical foul. Doncic proceeded to be an unpopular player among Jazz fans throughout the game as he had several Oscar worthy flops.
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The Jazz did not score a field goal for the first two minutes of the quarter. Mike Conley made the dish pass to O’Neale for a layup to break the drought.
The Jazz briefly cut the deficit to single digits, but the Mavericks quickly gained offensive momentum to extend their lead to 75-57 with 3:45 to go in the third quarter.
Conley made a pass to Rudy Gay for the shot beyond the arc. The Jazz ended the third quarter still trailing 85-68.
Right out the gate, Conley pulled up from three-point land to start the final quarter. The remainder of the ball game was like cat and mouse. The Jazz would cut the deficit, but the Mavericks kept finding a way to extend their lead.
The Daily Double-Double
Bogdanovic finished with 21 points and Clarkson finished with 19 points.
Rudy Gobert earned another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
The Jazz will be facing the Portland Trailblazers on March 9, 2022 at 8 p.m. MST.
Featured image courtesy Tony Gutierrez, AP