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By the Stats: Utah’s bounce-back win in Dallas

Thursday’s stats were far better than Tuesday’s

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Thursday night’s win in Dallas over the Mavericks helped get the Utah Jazz back on track and now I can relax knowing that the Jazz. The offense was smooth and the defense was passable even though it wasn’t up to Utah’s recent standard.

Here’s a link to the box score in case you need a reference.


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  • After the Jazz had their 11-game winning streak broken by Portland, they beat the Dallas Mavericks by seven points (97-90) in the very next game. And after the nine-game winning streak was broken by Atlanta, the Jazz beat the Mavericks by seven points 119-112.
  • Utah had a nine-game streak of holding opponents under 100 points snapped by the Mavericks. It was the tied for the longest such streak since the 2015-16 season.
  • After going 12-58 (20.7 percent) in their previous two games, the Jazz shot a solid 12-29 (41.4 percent) from deep with five players shooting 50 percent or better on 3-pointers (Derrick Favors, Joe Ingles, Ricky Rubio, Jonas Jerebko, Royce O’Neale)
  • The Jazz are 7-4 in games when Derrick Favors shoots at least two 3-point shots.
  • Thursday was the ninth time this season the Jazz have missed no more than one free throw. It was the fifth-best free throw percentage for a game this season where the Jazz shot at least 10 free throws.
  • J.J. Barea had a good game on offense, putting in a season-high 23 points to go with eight assists.
  • Barea has averaged 19.0 points per game this year against the Jazz, which is tied with Toronto for his highest average against a team this year (two games against the Raptors and three against the Jazz)
  • The Mavericks had three players with 20-plus points; Barea, Harrison Barnes, and Yogi Ferrell.
  • The Jazz had four players with at least 18 points (Derrick Favors, Joe Ingles, Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell).
  • Those four players shot 56.7 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three.
  • Utah had 32 assists, second-most this season and the sixth time the team has reached the 30 assist mark this season.
  • All five starters recorded at least five rebounds.

Donovan Mitchell

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  • With his three steals, Mitchell became the sixth Jazz rookie to record 100 steals as a rookie (he has 101). He is 15 steals behind the Jazz rookie record of 116 set by Andrei Kirilenko (10 games remaining).
  • With 26 points Thursday, Mitchell is now averaging 20 points per game without having to round up (was at 19.95 after Atlanta game, is now at 20.04)
  • The rookie has been showing off his all-around game in March. He is averaging 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists, both are the highest averages he has had in a month this season.
  • In his last four games, he has made just 5-31 threes (16.1 percent).

Rudy Gobert

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  • Gobert recorded his fifth game with at least five blocks this season and his second of the 2018 calendar year.
  • His 10-game streak of grabbing at least 10 rebounds was snapped, as he only reeled in seven in 36 minutes.
  • He was the only starter with a negative plus/minus, his -2 was tied for second-worst on the team. It was just the seventh time since returning from injury Gobert has not had a positive plus/minus (Utah is 2-5 in those games).
  • Gobert now has two or more blocks in seven straight games, his longest streak of the season and five games short of his longest streak, set in 2015.

Ricky Rubio

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  • Rubio has made at least three 3-pointers in consecutive games for just the second time in his seven-year career. The last time was earlier this season as part of a three-game streak of at least three made 3-pointers from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1.
  • He is shooting 43.5 percent from deep in his last four games, which leads the Jazz.
  • His five steals were a season-high. Rubio now has 31 career games of 5 steals or more — third-most among active players behind Chris Paul (78) and LeBron James (35).

Derrick Favors

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  • Favors tied a season high in assists with five. He had more assists than Ricky Rubio (3) and Donovan Mitchell (4).
  • He is shooting 40 percent (4-10) on 3-pointers in his last eight games — second on the Jazz in that span.
  • His +12 was second on the team and the third time in four games he has been +10 or better.
  • Derrick Favors has shot 37.5 percent from deep in games where he takes attempts two or more 3-pointers.
  • Favors was the only player other than Rudy Gobert to record a block against Dallas.

Joe Ingles

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  • Ingles had 10 assists for the second time this year, which is also the second time in his career.
  • He is the first player since Deron Williams in 2011 to have at least 18 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in one game.
  • His +20 was the third time in four games he has been +20 or more and the fourth time in March.

Quick Hits

  • Jae Crowder is fourth among Utah’s bench players in games with 10-plus points with 14 despite having played only 17 games in a Jazz uniform.
  • The bench had an assist/turnover ratio of 8-2 (4-1 if you want to condense it). Crowder was the only reserve player with a turnover.
  • Dante Exum was the only player that did not record a rebound.

Random Stat

  • The Jazz had more assists (32) than defensive rebounds (31). It was the first time since 2010 the team had more assists than defensive rebounds in a game where the Jazz had at least 31 DREBs.

Complex Stat of the Day

  • On Thursday Ricky Rubio became the third Jazz player since 2010 to score 20 points, record five assists, five turnovers, and shoot 50 percent or better from the field.