This was a defensive fight for the Jazz in the first half and then an offensive explosion in the second half.
Karl Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert battled all night with Towns putting up 22 points against Gobert’s 15.
Towns also caught Gobert in what was certainly an act of war.
But Rudy Gobert came down the next play leaving a grave for Josh Okogie.
Look, these are dangerous times and there will be casualties, you just hope that you come out the victor.
And that’s what the Jazz did.
Donovan Mitchell started the game with rough shooting which can be mostly attributed to KAT. Sometimes there’s players that just give guys problems and that’s what KAT seems to do to Mitchell.
Although, after starting 3/14, Mitchell figured it out going 10/22 and getting the victory. Mitchell is blossoming right before our eyes and it’s a joy every night.
Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell also kept control of the ball with only one turnover between the two. It’s a great sign that the Jazz are playing a very controlled game and it bodes well for the future.
Joe Ingles, who is taking on a bigger load than he probably should, had another solid night. His shooting has been down this year but that may be mostly because of the offensive burden he is carrying. Tonight he scored 15 points with 6 assists and 2 steals. He was also effective at calming down Karl Anthony Towns when it seemed like the game was about to explode.
Who knew Joe Ingles could be the peacemaker?!
Finally, not enough can be said of the contribution of Kyle Korver who had another fantastic night for the Jazz with 13 points on 3/5 shooting from three.
It can not be stated enough how big that trade was for the Jazz. Korver came in and plugged a major hole the Jazz struggled with. It’s safe to say that without his presence, the Jazz could be looking from the outside in.
Honestly, Dennis Lindsey should be an executive of the year candidate every season.