The Utah Jazz is in the middle of the fight for improving the position before the NBA playoffs. It is why every win matters for them. Last night, the Jazzers had to work hard against the Suns, but after a furious final period, Quin Snyder’s guys defeated the hosts, 114-97.
At the moment, they have a bit better record than the LA Clippers and are in place no.7 in the West. The San Antonio Spurs are sixth with half a game advantage.
The first quarter ended with guests having a minimal lead, 27-25, and the tight and close battle continued until the middle of the second period. In those moments, the guests started pulling away, and the score at the halftime was 53-43 for the Jazzers.
Utah started the third sequence in the same manner, but the Suns rallied and came back, reaching down to only two points, 66-64 with 5:49 until the end.
Devin Booker’s free throws tied the score at 75 each, and the third period finished with a 78-75 lead of the visiting team.
As soon as the last quarter began, Donovan Mitchell and the rest of the Jazzers’ crew started pounding really hard, and in no time the guests reached a double-digit advantage.
As time went by it only grew bigger, and eventually, Utah won this part of the contest with 36-22.
Mitchell dropped 26 points, hitting four shots from downtown. Rudy Gobert was monstrous, with 18 points and 20 rebounds, 7 of them offensive. Favors had the same number of buckets with 7 boards and assists each.
Joe Ingles contributed with 15.
The Jazzers had absolute control of the rebounds 52-35, and allowing the Suns to post only 5 offensive boards throughout the entire match.
— NBA (@NBA) March 14, 2019
Devin Booker had a game-high with 27 points, added 6 dimes with that also. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 18, while Tyler Johnson 15.
DeAndre Ayton utterly failed to provide something notable last night and had just 2 points in 33 minutes of play.
Phoenix will head for Texas now, to face Houston and Toyota Center. On the other side, Utah meets with Minnesota this Thursday at home in Salt Lake City.
This match is of great importance to them, and they don’t have the right to make any mistakes.