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The Good & The Bad from Jazz vs Mavericks

With their nine-game winning streak on the line, the Utah Jazz hosted the Dallas Mavericks without Donovan Mitchell and Derrick Favors. Mitchell was in concussion protocol and Favors was out with back soreness. Despite being without their leading scorer, the Jazz cruised to a 116-104 victory in a game that wasn't as close as the final score might suggest. Here is the good and the bad from the Jazz against the Mavericks.

The good

  • Without, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles entered the starting lineup. He hit his first three of the game to give the Jazz an early 5-2 lead.
  • A perfectly-placed lob from Mike Conley to Rudy Gobert got Rudy on the board - that pick & roll was executed to perfection. On the following possession, Rudy cleaned up a Bojan miss with a dunk to give the Jazz a 13-8 lead.
  • The Jazz didn't skip a beat offensively without their leading scorer, they started 6/9 from the field.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic passed up a good shot for a better shot - his pass set up a Royce O'neal three.
  • After a Royce O'neal rebound gave the Jazz an extra possession, Ingles found Gobert down low who finished and got fouled. His field goal gave the Jazz a 20-10 lead with 5:20 remaining in the first quarter.
  • Jord Clarkson missed his first few shots, but in true Jordan Clarkson fashion, he did not hesitate to keep shooting. It paid off when Clarkson scored a quick seven points to give the Jazz a 32-17 lead with one minute remaining in the first quarter.
  • At the end of the first quarter, the Jazz led the Mavericks 32-19. The Jazz shot 52% from the field and 44% from three in the first quarter.
  • Jordan Clarkson's hot hand in the first quarter carried over into the start of the second quarter. Clarkson hit consecutive field goals to give the Jazz a 43-27 lead. Clarkson had 15 points on 6/10 shooting in 10 minutes.
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  • In the first half, Rudy Gobert had one of his best halves of the season - he scored 20 points on 8/11 shooting. 
  • Joe Ingles did a little bit of everything for the Jazz in the first half. He had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists.
  • The Jazz took a commanding 69-48 lead into halftime. Ingles, Gobert, and Ingles combined for 57 of 69 points in the first half for the Jazz.
  • Ingles picked up where he left off in the first half with a quick three early in the third quarter.
  • Rudy Gobert continued to be a force in the second half - the Mavs didn't have an answer for him all night long. 
  • Beautiful alley-oop from Joe Ingles to Royce O'Neal. Check it out courtesy of Utah Jazz twitter:
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  • Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert were in sync throughout the night - Dallas could not stop the duo in the pick-and-roll. 
  • The Mavericks tried various times to make a comeback, but Utah had an answer each and every time to maintain a comfortable lead.
  • Jordan Clarkson stepped up in Donovan Mitchell's absence - you can check out a few of his highlights above. He finished with 31 points and 7 rebounds.

The bad

If you're new to 'The Good & The Bad' series, there is typically more bullets in 'The bad' section even in a win. However, the Jazz dominated from the opening tip. However, we had to come up with at least one:

  • The Jazz committed three turnovers in the first three minutes of the game. The Jazz cleaned things up after that and didn't have another turnover in the first quarter.

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