The Utah Jazz are the hottest team in the NBA. They were coming in to tonight’s game, and they remain it on the way out. The Jazz have made it a habit on this win streak to put together tough, balanced wins, and that’s exactly what they did tonight with the New Orleans Pelicans in town.
Utah hopped out to an early lead in the first quarter, thanks to a 15-point explosion from Donovan Mitchell. It was starting to look like one of those epic 40+ point games from Spida, but that’s not exactly how it ended up. The Pelicans made a run in the 2nd quarter while the Jazz went cold, and regained the lead after they had been down by 10. With the game tied with just under two minutes left, Mitchell completed a threee-point play to give the Jazz the lead. The Jazz got a stop on the other end, and in transition on the way back down the floor, Spida made the play of the game.
This pass from Donovan Mitchell is insane pic.twitter.com/up4nEyoOiP— SLC Dunk (@slcdunk) January 20, 2021
Cutting to the hoop on the baseline, he jumps in the air and mid-flight changes directions and somehow finds Bojan Bogdanovic open at the top of the arch for a nothing but net three-pointer.
This is just an insane play. He literally looks like Spiderman. This play gave the Jazz a six-point lead heading into halftime, with all of the momentum just moments after a tie ball game.
The game got opened up in third quarter with a crazy three-point shooting barrage from Bogdanovic, Mitchell, Clarkson, Ingles and Co. At one point the Jazz scored 18 of 19 straight points from the three-point line. When the Jazz get hot from three, they are an absolute beast to stop. Between all of their shooters they have several guys that can knock down threes from any spot on the floor in transition and out, and that’s when the Jazz make runs and open up leads just like they did tonight. Utah built up a 21-point lead by the end of the third-quarter, and it was all but over after that.
The Jazz finished another hot shooting night from three, going 21/47 from deep. Donovan Mitchell finished with 28 points on 9-15 shooting, including 4-7 from three. When Mitchell has efficient scoring nights like this, the Jazz are tough to beat. Aside from Mitchell, the Jazz offense was balanced as ever, getting 18 from 6MOY-hopeful Jordan Clarkson, 13 from Gobert, and 15 from Joe Ingles (5-6 from three). The Jazz are deep, and they have so many weapons that just overwhelm defenses over a 48-minute period.
Utah’s six-game winning streak is the longest in the NBA, and they will look to extend it in 48 hours when they take on the Pelicans again at home, in game 2 of a 6 game home stand.