The first game of the NBA restart could not have had a more fitting ending than Rudy Gobert sinking two free throws to give the Utah Jazz a 106-104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, just four months after his positive test for COVID-19 essentially shut down the sports world. Normally, game-winning free throws wouldn't be the most exciting finish to a game but it's 2020 and there's nothing normal.
Even the lead up to the play felt like it was drafted up by Walt Disney. With less than 10 seconds remaining, Donovan Mitchell moved toward the paint and drew the Pelicans defenders toward him before passing to Gobert, who got hacked before getting to the rim. These are the two guys whose relationship was reportedly fractured after Mitchell also tested positive for the coronavirus.
After the game, Gobert, who also scored the first points of the match, simply said, "Life works in mysterious ways."
(This all also probably might not have happened if the Pelicans had not messed up with Zion Williamson's 15-minute restriction and kept him out of the ending of a close game).
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