UTAH JAZZ

Big First Half By Jazz Highlighted By Mitchell’s Dunk

Mar 23, 2019, 7:12 PM | Updated: 7:19 pm
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) stretches while a teammate shoots free throws after being fou...
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) stretches while a teammate shoots free throws after being fouled by the Brooklyn Nets at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Silas Walker, Deseret News)
(Silas Walker, Deseret News)

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Utah Jazz capped off a great sequence that combined offense and defense with a huge slam dunk by Donovan Mitchell.

The play began win a block on a layup by Kris Dunn that caromed off the backboard by center Rudy Gobert. Jae Crowder picked up the rebound and whipped a behind the back pass to Joe Ingles, who then found a streaking Donovan Mitchell. The play was finished off with a one-handed scissor-kicking dunk by Mitchell.

The play, started by Gobert’s third block of the half, helped Utah take a commanding 36-point lead.

Utah led Chicago 70-36 at halftime.

It was nearly the best defensive half of the season by the Jazz. They allowed just 35 first-half points by the Orlando Magic in the meeting on Dec. 15. The Jazz ended up losing that game 96-89.

At the halftime break of Saturday’s game, four Jazzmen had already surpassed double-digit scoring. The most significant contribution came from backup guard Raul Neto, who had 10 points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field with two 3-pointers made in just eight minutes of action.

 

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