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The Jazz ride Conley and Mitchell to victory over the Celtics

The All-Star backcourt and the the hot shooting powered Utah to a clutch win.

Boston Celtics v Utah Jazz Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

The Utah Jazz welcomed the Boston Celtics into town by raining threes on them. They also rained turnovers into the Celtics' hands, but hey, hit enough threes, and it’s tough to lose.

The Jazz starters all showed out tonight. Each starter had an imposing line.

  • Mike Conley: 29 points, 7 assists, 7-7 from three.
  • Donovan Mitchell: 34 points, 6 assists, 12-22 from the field.
  • Royce O’Neale: 12 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 100% from the field, three, and the line.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic: 16 points, 4-7 from three.
  • Rudy Gobert: 18 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, 5-5 from the field, 8-10 from the line.
Boston Celtics v Utah Jazz Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Boston was led by Jayson Tatum’s 37 points, while Dennis Schroder and Al Horford chipped in 26 and 21 respectively.

This game was an up and down affair, but the Jazz’ two star guards stepped up and closed it out in the end. After a couple of really tough clutch losses in the past weeks, winning this one was significant for the Jazz.

Player of the game

I think four players played good enough games to get this honor, but it really just comes down to Conley and Mitchell. I think Mike Conley narrowly edges Donovan out tonight. Conley was pure all night, hitting every one of his 7 threes and leveling up the offense. In the fourth quarter, he took over and won the game for Utah.

With 5 minutes left, the Jazz were down 113-109. From that point on, Mike Conley scored 13 points and dished out three crucial assists. Conley was running the pick and roll with Gobert to perfection. He was hitting threes off the catch and the dribble. When the game was in the balance, he stepped up and won it.

Shoutouts to Donovan Mitchell, who definitely could have been my choice tonight, and also to Rudy Gobert and Royce O’Neale.

The next Jazz game will be in Cleveland on December 5th against the Cavaliers.