The Utah Jazz welcomed the Atlanta Hawks into town, only five days after beating them in Atlanta. This time, Donovan Mitchell was in the lineup, and he made his presence felt from the beginning, scoring a quick seven points in the first few minutes.
Utah regularly deployed full-court traps against Atlanta’s star Trae Young. It worked at times, but players of his caliber find a way around tough defense. He carved the Jazz defense up in the pick & roll for much of the night, finishing with 27 points and 6 assists.
Bojan Bogdanovic started the game hot, abusing Atlanta’s smaller defenders in the post, and hitting a couple of threes. He cooled off as the game went on, but still finished with 18 points on 13 shots.
Utah’s bench had an impressive stint in the second quarter, helping build a double-digit lead. Rudy Gobert got in foul trouble, so Hassan Whiteside had to play more minutes than normal, and he held up the fort admirably. Eric Paschall scored seven quick points, and Jordan Clarkson had a solid scoring game. Utah took a 12 point lead into halftime.
The second half was full of wild runs. The hot shooting of Kevin Huerter and Trae Young carried the Hawks back into the game, then Donovan Mitchell and company would push the lead back up again.
Royce O’Neale had another great game, playing stellar defense, hitting threes, and getting into transition. O’Neale was a team-high +18.
Donovan Mitchell continued to hit shots, and Rudy Gobert continued to lock down on defense. Atlanta gave the Jazz a good push in the fourth, but Utah’s defense shut the door on them. The Jazz ended up grabbing the 110-98 win.
- Donovan Mitchell: 27 points (67.5% true shooting), 5 assists, 3 steals
- Royce O’Neale: 11 points (69.8% ts), 5 rebounds, 4 assists
- Rudy Gobert: 9 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals (in only 24 minutes!)
Play of the game
We love a good ‘defense to offense’ play. Rudy Gobert starts it by breaking up the lob, then Donovan Mitchell’s beautiful no-look pass sets up Gobert to finish it with a dunk.
Game Ball: Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell was consistent from start to finish. He hit big shots, made great passes, and even came up with some big defensive stops. This was a good team effort, but Donovan stands out above the rest today.
- Mike Conley was quiet tonight but still finished with 12 points and 6 assists. He’s incredibly reliable.
- Joe Ingles struggled again. It’s not time to worry, but it would be nice to see an aggressive game from him.
- The Jazz should utilize Royce O’Neale in the short roll more often.
- Eric Paschall driving with purpose is good. Eric Paschall camping in the corner is not good.
- Rudy Gobert needs to get rid of his habit of complaining to the refs instead of getting back on defense. Even when he’s correct about a call or no-call, that habit hurts the team.
- This is the type of game we need from Clarkson. Being an effective scorer without having to take over the entire offense. Good contributions from him tonight.
- Donovan Mitchell has shown improvement in some defensive areas but still has tendencies to fall asleep or just give low effort on plays.
- This begins a long stretch of home games. 9 of the next 12 games will be in Utah. This is the time to rack up wins.
The Jazz’ next game will be in Utah on Thursday, November 11 against the Indiana Pacers