Jazz Winning Streak Snapped With Controversial Overtime Loss To Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Utah Jazz fell to the New Orleans Pelicans in a controversial overtime game and suffered their first loss since December 23, 2019.
The Jazz lost 138-132 to the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on Thursday, January 16.
Utah’s last defeat prior to the New Orleans game came against the Miami Heat two days before Christmas 2019.
How Controversy Unfolded
Utah forced the game into a controversial overtime period after Rudy Gobert tied the game up with 0.2 seconds left in regulation.
After Brandon Ingram nailed a 16-foot jumper, the Jazz found themselves down one point with 0.2 seconds remaining.
With that amount of time left on the clock, the only feasible shot is a tip-in at the basket. More time is required for a player to catch and shoot the basketball.
Utah head coach Quin Snyder called a timeout.
Snyder drew up a play and sent his team back to the court.
After seeing how the Pelicans defense was set, Snyder called his final timeout of regulation to adjust his play call before sending the Jazz back to the floor.
As Utah forward Joe Ingles went to throw the ball inbounds and towards the hoop, the officials blew the whistle.
New Orleans rookie Jaxson Hayes had committed his fifth personal foul of the game by holding back Gobert’s arm and prevent him from reaching the ball.
With 0.2 seconds left to play, a foul like that typically isn’t called. To the dismay of the Smoothie King Center crowd attending the game, it was.
Gobert went to the foul line and attempt his first of two free throws.
Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell went up to Gobert and gave him some encouragement. Gobert nodded.
The Jazz center sank the second free throw and tied the game up at 122.
New Orleans inbounded the ball and the time expired, sending the game to five extra minutes.
Donovan Mitchell entered overtime with 41 points while Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram had 44 points.
The two stars continued their duel.
Mitchell drilled a 25-foot three-pointer and 10-foot jumper during the opening minutes of OT to tie his career-high of 46 points.
Ingram drove to the basket with 1:19 seconds remaining when the officials blew their whistle again.
Another controversial play.
Rudy Gobert was called for his sixth personal foul.
Snyder immediately called timeout and challenged the official’s decision that the Jazz center had fouled out. After review, the foul was confirmed. Gobert was disqualified from the game and went to the bench.
Without their star center, the Jazz crumbled.
The Jazz failed to score in the final 2:28 of play while the Pelicans closed the game on an 11-0 run for the win.
A Whole Lot Of Points
Ingram finished with a career-high 49 points on 15-25 from the field. He went to the free-throw line 20 times and made 16 attempts.
Former Jazzman and current Pelicans forward Derrick Favors posted a great game against his former team. He ended with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.
Donovan Mitchell scored 46 points on 16-34 shooting including 7-15 from downtown. He shot a perfect 7-7 from the foul stripe.
36 of Mitchell’s points came after halftime.
Rudy Gobert posted his 30th double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 boards. He added 4 assists and 3 blocks in 39 minutes on the court.
Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic poured in 26 points on 9-17 field goals and 3-8 from behind the arc.
Utah finished shooting 46.0 percent on from the field and 38.5 percent on triples. The Pelicans shot 54.8 percent and 42.3 percent on three-pointers.
Utah finished with 13 turnovers which resulted in 21 points by the Pelicans.
The Jazz fell to 28-13 on the season and 13-10 away from Vivint Smart Home Arena. New Orleans improved to 16-26 overall and 8-12 at home.
Utah returns to Salt Lake City to host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, January 18 at 7 p.m. (MDT).
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