Jazz Defense On Lockdown Against Thunder To Start Season

Oct 23, 2019, 7:50 PM | Updated: 8:03 pm
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz during the fourth quarter at Staples Center on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
(Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz played great defense in the first quarter of their season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Jazz held the Thunder to 12 points in the first 12 minutes of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, October 23.

Utah prevented Oklahoma City from getting off to a quick start. The Thunder were 5-21 on field goals in the first quarter. They were scoreless from three-point range.

The Jazz led the Thunder 23-12 heading to the second quarter.

The Thunder only had four players score in the first 12 minutes. Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander each had four points.

New Jazzman Bojan Bogdanovic led Utah with 7 points on 3-4 shooting. He also added a rebound.

Rudy Gobert recorded 4 points and 7 rebounds in the first quarter. He and Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 11 minutes played and +/- ratings of +13.

Utah’s defense was a question mark during the preseason as the Jazz allowed more than 126 points in their last four exhibition games. Those questions seemed to have been answered to open the game against the Thunder.

The Thunder vs. Jazz game is televised on AT&T SportsNet. It is also being aired on 97.5 FM.

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