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Ranking Every 2019-20 Utah Jazz Game: Games 25-13

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 14: Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz reacts as the Utah Jazz take on the Dallas Mavericks in the first half at American Airlines Center on November 14, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz, like the rest of the NBA, are on hiatus amid the coronavirus outbreak that has sidelined professional sports across the country. Whether the league will continue its season this summer, or whether the season will be considered a loss remains to be seen.

With 64 games under the Jazz belt, and a record of 41-23, leading the team to the fourth seed in the Western Conference, there are reasons for both optimism and pessimism about the team’s season. With that in mind, KSL Sports has ranked all 64 games from the Jazz in order of worst to best. This is a ranking of games 25-13.

While there are no bad wins, this is a selection of games that most Jazz fans won’t celebrate beyond their mark in the win column.

You can find Games 64-51 here.

You can find Games 50-38 here.

You can find Games 37-26 here.

25. Jazz Clip Hawks In Atlanta 111-106

Beating a six-win Atlanta Hawks team generally isn’t something to write home about. Yet, the Jazz playing without point guard Mike Conley, on the road, while Hawks guard Trae Young and forward Jabari Parker were going off for big scoring nights presented the Jazz with more adversity than they were expecting.

With the Jazz trailing by one going into the final quarter, Donovan Mitchell had one of his best quarters of the season. The Jazz All-Star scored 15 points on 6-8 shooting, turning in a patented clutch performance en route to 30 points and a victory on the road.

24. Jazz Leash Timberwolves In Minnesota 127-116

Four games after Conley went down with a hamstring injury, the Jazz were wondering what the future of the roster looked like without their key offseason acquisition.

With the team needing a bench player to step up and fill the void, Joe Ingles had a breakout performance in Minnesota that would rescue the Jazz season. Ingles scored 23 points on 9-14 shooting, playing the point guard role in place of Conley.

The Jazz would go onto win 19 of their next 21 games, with Ingles performance against the Timberwolves supporting the change.

23. Jazz Slow Cavaliers 126-113 In Cleveland

After a brutal return from the All-Star break, the Jazz were heading on a four-game East Coast road trip that felt like a critical turning point for the rest of the season.

Despite 32 points from Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton and all five Cavs starters scoring in double digits, the Jazz got a bounce-back performance from Bojan Bogdanovic who had scuffled since the mid-season break.

Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 28 points and started the road trip off with an important win.

22. Jazz Cut Down The Nets In Utah 119-114

Trailing by 15 at the half without any solution for Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, the Jazz needed a big second-half performance to get a victory.

Ingles stepped up to the challenge, helping to hold Irving to 10 second-half points on 4-17 shooting, while the Jazz outscored the Nets by 20 points over the final two periods to emerge with the win.

Emmanuel Mudiay scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to push the Jazz over the top.

21. Jazz trample Blazers In Salt Lake City 121-115

Leading by 20 heading into the fourth quarter, the Jazz appeared to have an easy victory in hand. But a frantic push from Portland Trailblazers guard CJ McCollum cut the Jazz enormous lead to just one point with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter.

The Jazz would hold on for the victory, answering the Blazers punch in the mouth with clutch threes from Bogdanovic and Mitchell to seal the victory.

20. Jazz Charm Wizards In Washington 127-116

The Washington Wizards have been one of the league’s worst teams this season, but heading into the game without either Mitchell or Conley available put a winnable game in doubt.

Bogdanovic, Ingles, Rudy Gobert, and Jordan Clarkson answered the bell for the Jazz, each scoring at least 20 points to lead the shorthanded roster to victory. The Jazz overcame an 11 points half time deficit to steal the win in Washington.

19. Jazz Harness Magic In Utah 109-102

With the Jazz scuffling against the Orlando Magic through the first 42 minutes of the game, the team needed a spark to scrappy Orlando roster.

Mitchell found that spark with an enormous dunk driving through the point that reinvigorated the crowd and changed the outcome of the game. Sometimes a dunk is worth more than two points, and Mitchell proved that against the Magic.

18. Jazz Cage Pelicans 128-120 At Home

Though New Orleans had a record of just 6-9 entering the game, there was a clear sense that the team was more talented than their record indicated.

Brandon Ingram turned in the first of several terrific performances against the Jazz this season, scoring 33 points to lead the Pelicans. However, Mitchell’s 37 points proved to be the foil the Jazz needed to down the Pelicans and give the team what coach Quin Snyder would call “a really good win.”

17. Jazz Block Bulls In Chicago 102-98

With a struggling offense, the Jazz needed an elite defensive performance to tame the aggressive Chicago Bulls roster.

Gobert proved to be the man for the Jazz turning in one of the more clutch defensive performances of his career blocking two late-game Bulls field goal attempts to preserve a close victory for the Jazz. Clarkson and Georges Niang’s 23 bench points were the lone offensive highlights for the team in the Windy City.

16. Jazz Catch Fire In Orlando To Sink Magic 109-96

Unable to put the Magic away for the first three quarters of the game, the Jazz needed to find something on the offensive side of the ball to turn the game in their favor.

Almost miraculously, the Jazz found that explosion at the end of the third quarter into the first three minutes of the fourth quarter knocking down seven three-point attempts in 10 offensive possessions to pull the rug out from under the Magic. It was a display of offensive power the Jazz had imagined in the summer and fully realized for five minutes in the state of Florida.

15. Jazz Block The Suns In Phoenix 96-95

The Phoenix Suns were one of the league’s surprise teams to begin the season despite former top overall draft pick DeAndre Ayton missing the first 25 games of the season for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.

The Jazz managed just 96 points, but held the Suns to 95 points thanks to 29 points from Bogdanovic on just 13 field goal attempts. The highlight of the game was dueling groin punches from Devin Booker to Gobert, and Mitchell to Aron Baynes resulting in technical fouls.

14. Jazz Get Early Season Victory Over Shorthanded Clippers 110-96

Over the course of an NBA season, team’s get lucky to face shorthanded rosters from time to time. That was the case as the Jazz faced the Los Angeles Clippers for the first of four meetings during the season without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

After a slow start to year, Conley had a breakout game for the Jazz, scoring 29 points, including five made threes to give the team a taste of what the point guard can offer when he’s playing his best.

13. Jazz Wrangle Mavericks In Dallas 123-119

Despite the final score implying a close road battle for the Jazz, the team’s performance in Dallas was one of the most complete of the year.

The Jazz led by eight after the first quarter, and 21 at the half, scoring 71 points through two quarters against the Luka Doncic-less Mavericks. Despite a furious push late to make the game close, the Jazz win in Dallas was one of the better outings on the road against a Western Conference Playoff team this season.

You can find Games 64-51 here.

You can find Games 50-38 here.

You can find Games 37-26 here.

Stay tuned to KSLSports.com as we rank all 64 Utah Jazz games this season from worst to best.

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