After a heartbreaking last minute loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves last night, the Utah Jazz completely shut down the Oklahoma City Thunder at home tonight. Joe Ingles led all Jazz scores with 19 points on 5-9 from 3 point land.
The Utah Jazz defense was in full effect when, as late as 4 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, the Oklahoma City Thunder had only 19 points. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George both had 26 and 22, respectively, but it took a combined 45 shots to get there.
All game long, it didn’t look like Oklahoma City wanted to entertain the thought of entering the paint. When OKC did test the waters of the key, they were met with Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, and Ekpe Udoh who smothered any attempt at the rim. Rudy Gobert finished the game with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Derrick Favors 13 and 3 while Ekpe Udoh had 2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, and a +/- of +11.
Utah’s defense continues to look elite. In the last three games the Jazz have had a defensive rating of 100.1. That doesn’t look elite, but it becomes elite when you realize they have faced the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Oklahoma City Thunder in their first 3 games.
Ekpe Udoh’s legendary +/- continues. The Oklahoma City Thunder got a taste of his rim protection and, boy, did it look to frustrate them.
Steven Adams got frustrated with Joe Ingles and gave Ingles a shoulder. Ingles probably got into the heads of OKC as he had an efficient game on the offensive end while adding two steals and a block on the defensive end.
Ricky Rubio did not have 10 assists ending his 10 assist streak at two games. He did finish with 14 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, and 1 steal. He also had one h*ck of a pass to Rudy Gobert.
The Utah Jazz have a couple days off before facing off against the LA Clippers on Tuesday.