Jazz ‘Stopped Competing,’ Lose To Dallas By 50 Points In Lackluster Effort
DALLAS, Texas – It was one of the ugliest losses in team history as the Utah Jazz lost to the Dallas Mavericks in disappointing fashion, 118-68.
The 50-point loss marks the second worst margin of defeat in team history and the worst since moving to Utah. The Jazz scored just 21 points in the second half which is the second worst point total in a half in team history.
Ricky Rubio led Utah with 11 points, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell added 10 points apiece as the only three players for the Jazz to score in double figures.
Jazz Suffer Worst Loss Since Move To Salt Lake
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder wasn’t shy of words when talking about how his team performed.
“There was a point in the game where we stopped competing. We all have to own that and obviously the scoreboard reflected that,” said Snyder.
Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points and Luka Doncic added 13 points and six rebounds.
Bad Shooting Night For Utah
Utah finished the game shooting just 31 percent from the field on 25-of-80 shooting. They hit just six of their 35 three-point attempts for 17 percent.
“You just can’t point to just missing shots. We have played them a couple times in the last couple of weeks,” he added. “Obviously, we have been better in those games but it’s a lot of things. You can go down the line, there is probably nothing that you can point to that we did well collectively,” Snyder said.
Competitive First Half
The Jazz held a small lead for most of the first quarter but trailed 30-24 at the end of the period. Utah shot just 45 percent from the field and allowed Dallas to hit A couple of miscues cost Utah a chance for a fast start including Dante Exum fouling J.J. Barea on a three-point shot to continue a 15-2 run late in the first quarter.
After trailing by 10 points with over two minutes left in the half, Dallas started to lose their cool. DeAndre Jordan received a technical foul while on the bench and rookie Luka Donicic received one shortly after. The Jazz couldn’t capitalize as they trailed 58-46 at the break with Doncic nailing a three with 0.5 left.
Disappointing Second Half For Jazz
The wheels fell of the Jazz in the third quarter, they scored just 13 points and allowed Dallas to put up 24 points. The Mavericks held an 84-59 lead.
First minute of the fourth quarter, Derrick Favors showed some frustration as he hip-checked Barea into the Mavericks bench. He we issued a flagrant foul. Moments later, Grayson Allen is involved in a play that was reviewed by the league and ruled as a common foul on Allen.
That was just the beginning of a bad fourth quarter where Dallas outscored the Jazz 34-9.
The Jazz dropped to 7-7 on the season. They will make their third stop on their five game road trip against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday at 5 p.m. on AT&T SportsNet.
Quin Snyder added what his team needs to do to put the blowout to the Mavericks in the rear-view mirror.
“You have to own this game,” he said.
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