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Gobert Throws Down Big Dunk On Alley-Oop During Mavs/Jazz Game

Apr 23, 2022, 4:42 PM
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Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz dunks during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at Vivint Smart Home Arena on January 25, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz center Rudy Gobert crushed the rim with a massive slam dunk on an alley-oop from Royce O’Neale during Utah’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Jazz hosted the Mavericks at Vivint Arena for Game 4 of the series on Saturday, April 23.

With 8:47 remaining in the fourth quarter, O’Neale drove the lane and lobbed the ball to a leaping Gobert. The center caught the pass and threw it through the cylinder for two points.

Gobert’s jam cut Dallas’ lead to 81-80.

After the dunk, Gobert had 12 points on 3-6 field goals. He added 10 rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes. O’Neale had seven points on 3-7 shooting. He also posted five rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes.

Mavericks vs. Jazz

Luka Doncic will be available for the Mavericks when they face the Jazz in Game 4 of their opening-round playoff series.

Doncic has missed the first three games of the series with a calf strain suffered on April 10 but will be back in action in a crucial Game 4 matchup.

After dropping Game 1 at home, the Mavericks bounced back with impressive wins over the Jazz without Doncic or forward Tim Hardaway Jr. behind the brilliance of Jalen Brunson to take a 2-1 series lead.

Brunson is averaging 36 points per game over the last two outings while shooting 57 percent from the floor, 43 percent from the three-point line, while handing out 10 assists, and committing just one turnover.

The Mavericks are shooting 45 percent from the three-point line in their last two games on an impressive 44.5 attempts per game.

Doncic was the NBA’s third-leading scorer at 28.4 points per game during the regular season and the fifth-leading assist man at 8.7 assists per game.

The superstar guard led the Mavericks in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and usage during the regular season.

Kidd didn’t elaborate on how many minutes Doncic would play but indicated the team would monitor how the guard looked in his early minutes before assessing his availability for the remainder of the game.

Prior to the game, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that Donic would be on a minutes restriction in Game 4.

“The plan is that his minutes will be limited in his first game back since suffering a calf strain on April 10,” Wojnarowski tweeted.

The Mavericks could use the added depth on the perimeter as both Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock are averaging more than 44 minutes per game in the playoffs, leading the entire league.

Utah’s game against Dallas is broadcast on TNT, AT&T SportsNet, The Zone Sports Network, and KSL NewsRadio.

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Gobert Throws Down Big Dunk On Alley-Oop During Mavs/Jazz Game