Ok first off, look at that header image. Man I just love watching Kyle Korver shoot the basketball. And he did quite well this evening. Ok on to victory.
Rudy Gobert was questionable coming into tonight’s game, but even then I don’t think the results were ever in question for me. This was as much of a schedule win as the Jazz were going to get all season. The Timberwolves played last in LA last night and had a few injuries. They certainly looked tired as the game wore on. Or just bad. I’m not sure which to be honest.
Utah started off a little slower, per usual. But they got it going by the end of the first, with a few threes going down to give them an early lead. Donovan led all scorers with 11 after just one frame.
name something you do as well as Kyle Korver hits threes running off screens pic.twitter.com/fvuFQ8rY1p— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 26, 2019
That run to end the first quarter carried over into the second. That 14-5 run gave the Jazz a good lead to work with for the rest of the game. By halftime, they had a 7 point cushion to work with. They were playing so well that Donovan decided to play some baseball instead. Seriously though this was an amazing pass. I know it gets a little overblown that he played baseball growing up, but I don’t think he makes this past without that history.
here's a little baseball for your NBA game pic.twitter.com/F6jHheIMY2— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 26, 2019
With halftime came some adjustments. The Jazz decided to put the game away and apparently the Timberwolves did as well. A quick 21-9 run gave the Jazz a 20+ lead that they never fully gave up. The T-wolves were looking like they were on the second night of a B2B. Taj Gibson even decided to call it an early night by getting an easy 2nd technical for the ejection. Everyone was getting in on the 3rd quarter action, including a Derrick Favors 3 and this nice drive by Royce O’Neale.
The Wolves didn’t go away quietly, however, with a quick 13-0 run in the early goings of the 4th to trim the lead to 8. Minnesota fought all the way back to bring the game within 1, but they just didn’t have quite enough in the end. They sure gave us all a scare at the end, but the good guys pulled it out 106-102.