Mitchell, Gobert Lift Jazz Past Grizzlies For Fourth Straight Win

Mar 26, 2021, 9:34 PM

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen (3) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 26, 2021. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

(Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert had big performances as the Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117-114 on Friday night.

Mitchell (35) and Gobert (25) combined for 60 points as the Jazz win their fourth straight game, taking down the Grizzlies.

Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points and 4 rebounds, while Jordan Clarkson chipped in 14 points off the bench.

Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 32 points and 11 assists. Dillon Brooks scored 22 points. Jonas Valenciunas notched a double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds. Former Jazzman Grayson Allen had 17 points.

Donovan Mitchell Sparks Big First Half Performance For Jazz

The Jazz started the game strong with an 11-0 run. Whenever they have gone on a 10-0 run (or more) they were 24-0. Make that 25-0. The run started with Mike Conley hit a floater in the lane to tie the game at nine with 8:40 left in the first quarter. Then Rudy Gobert made a layup off of a dish by Donovan Mitchell, forcing the Grizzlies to call a timeout. Bojan Bogdanovic hit a jumpshot, followed up by a triple from Mike Conley and Memphis needed another timeout.

Utah doubled up the Grizzlies, 18-9 with 6:46 remaining in the opening quarter. They outscored the Grizzlies 38-24 in the first quarter and 28-26 in the second.

Mitchell had 7 points in the first quarter and turned it up a notch in the second with 12 points, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.

Rudy Gobert Caps Utah’s Fourth Straight Win With Impressive Second Half

The third quarter belonged to the Grizzlies as they outscored the Jazz 29-22. Rudy Gobert had 8 points in the quarter on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. He (17) and Mitchell (23) scored 40 combined points heading into the fourth quarter.

After jumping out to a double digit lead early in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies made a run back and pulled within six points with under two minutes left. Donovan Mitchell hit a big three-pointer to extend the lead to nine. Ja Morant converted on an and-one to get to within six again.

Mitchell put the Jazz up by eight with a midrange jumper. Memphis made five straight points to get to within three after Dillon Brooks drileld a three-pointer. The Grizzlies were able to get the ball back with a chance to tie the game with 13.3 seconds left. Brooks missed the three-pointer. Conley got the rebound and he and Ja Morant tied up for a jump ball with 1.9 seconds left. Conley won the tip and the game ended.

The Jazz improved their record to 32-11 on the season. They will have a rematch with the Grizzlies on Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m. MT on AT&T SportsNet.

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Mitchell, Gobert Lift Jazz Past Grizzlies For Fourth Straight Win