Yep, they won.
Utah Jazz - 132
Sacramento Kings - 93
C’mon, we know the Jazz won this game. It’s still going on at the time of writing this. The Jazz are ahead 103-74, but we know what’s going on. Whatever the final score is, the Jazz will have won their 10th straight preseason game in a row and completely dismantled the failed monarchy of the Sacramento Kings.
The Utah Jazz did most of their domination in the first half as they quickly got out to a 39-10 lead after one quarter. If there were any worries about the Utah Jazz starters after games against playoff competition like the Raptors and Trail Blazers, those are completely gone after Utah came out and throttled the Kings. Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 13 points in only 6 FGA and 17 minutes played. He left with a +/- +30.
The real domination was Rudy Gobert. Rudy Gobert absolutely dominated with a +/- +30 as well. He had 18 points on almost all lobs with 7 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block in 17 minutes of play. As evidenced by the score at halftime (71-35), the Sacramento Kings could not get anything against the Jazz when Rudy Gobert was in the game.
The rest of the Jazz’s starting lineup was great. Joe Ingles had 6 points and 5 rebounds. Derrick Favors had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Rubio got his teammates good looks, but his shooting woes continue as he only made 1 of his 6 attempts.
The Kings were atrocious. They struggled every step of the way. Luckily, it’s preseason, but the Jazz had to wonder if they were playing the Sydney Kings instead of the Sacramento Kings.
Alec Burks most likely has earned his spot in the rotation as he had YET ANOTHER good game off the bench. He had 17 points on 10 shots. Jae Crowder who had struggled through preseason with his shot seems to have found his rhythm. He finished with 12 points on 4 shots. He was active on defense and displayed his patented hustle.
At the moment Grayson Allen (14 points) and Dante Exum (6 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists) are housing the Sacramento Kings’ bench and Tony Bradley is even getting minutes. This is over. Jazz won.
The Utah Jazz will face this team again—most likely (hopefully) in a much more contested game—next Wednesday in Sacramento to open the regular season.