The Utah Jazz had the lead for the entire game and won emphatically. Utah’s defense swarmed Cleveland’s offensive attack, holding the Cavaliers to a meager 35% from the field and 21% from three.
Rudy Gobert did Rudy Gobert things
Donovan Mitchell did a Spider-Man impression
Mitchell (19), Gobert (18), and Conley (18) were the only Utah Jazz players who scored double-digit points, and the team still won by 39 points. That is truly absurd.
Gobert had yet another stellar game, adding 17 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks to go along with his 18 points (5-of-8 from the field, 8-of-10 from the free throw line). Gobert controlled the paint all night and forced Cleveland into difficult or ill-advised shots. His game-high plus/minus of +38 was tied with Conley, who shot 55% from the field, 60% from deep, and pulled down 4 rebounds while dishing 5 assists.
Because the Jazz lead was at least 20 points for all but the first 15 seconds of the 2nd half, fans got a chance to see some of Utah’s deeper bench players.
Matt Thomas and Ersan Ilyasova made their first buckets as Jazz men tonight. Thomas in particular seemed to be everywhere on the court, recording a steal, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 points in just 9:15 of playing time. Miye Oni and Jarrell Brantley got some quality minutes and both looked solid.
None of Utah’s players played more than 28 minutes tonight. These are the kinds of blowout wins that great teams need. Over the course of a rigorous and shortened season, that extra rest is huge.
Great game tonight.