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O’Neale Fakes Pass Before Dishing Ball Off To Gobert For Big Dunk Against Knicks

Jan 8, 2020, 7:39 PM | Updated: 7:40 pm
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Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz attempts a shot over Jae Crowder #99 of the Memphis Grizzlies during a game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on December 7, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Jazz forward Royce O’Neale faked out a Knicks defender before dumping the ball off to center Rudy Gobert in Utah’s game against New York.

O’Neale’s assist to Gobert came midway through the opening quarter of the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Wednesday, January 8.

Jazzman Bojan Bogdanovic bulleted a pass to O’Neale who drove towards the basket. O’Neale faked a pass to Gobert on the right side of a Knicks defender before wrapping the ball around and dishing the ball off to the Jazz center under the hoop. Gobert bounced up to the bucket and slammed the ball through the cylinder for two Utah points.

Gobert’s jam gave the Jazz a 21-16 advantage with 6:01 left in the first quarter.

The dunk was part of an 11-0 run by Utah.

First Quarter

Utah finished the opening quarter shooting 68.4 percent on field goals including 50 percent on three-pointers.

Bogdanovic led all scorers with 11 points on 4-5 field goals and 3-4 from behind the arc.

O’Neale recorded 2 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist in his first nine minutes of play.

Gobert posted 8 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist.

The three players had a team-high +13 plus-minus rating.

The Jazz led the Knicks 39-29 at the end of the first 12 minutes of the game.

New York vs. Utah is broadcast on NBA League Pass, AT&T SportsNet, and 97.5 FM.

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