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Allowing 40 points is a recipe for disaster for the Jazz

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Friday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs has set the Utah Jazz back in the playoff race, but there are still a lot of great things going on with the Jazz and especially Donovan Mitchell.

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Team

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  • The Jazz have allowed a 40-point game to three players this season (James Harden, Dennis Schroder, LaMarcus Aldridge) and have lost all three games.
  • All three of those games were the respective player’s career-high in points.
  • Two of those 40-point games have come in the last three games.
  • The 122 points scored by San Antonio were the most Utah has given up since Dec. 27 in a 126-101 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
  • Utah’s 34 rebounds were tied for the fifth fewest in franchise history for total rebounds in overtime games.
  • Before Tuesday, the Jazz were 10-0 in games where Ricky Rubio scored at least 20 points. Since then, the team is 1-2 in such games.
  • Friday’s loss was the first overtime loss this year. The Jazz were 2-0 in overtime games heading into yesterday’s contest.
  • In the last three games, starting point guards have averaged 29.7 points against the Jazz.
  • If Mitchell makes 14 more 3-pointers, the Jazz will have two players on this team pass Randy Foye, who held the Jazz 3-point record until Joe Ingles broke it a week ago.
  • The Jazz bench attempted zero free throws, steals and blocks. The starters took 29 free throws, had 10 steals and three blocks.

Donovan Mitchell

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  • Mitchell attempted a career-high 36 field goals on his way to 35 points. That number set a rookie record for the Jazz, previously held by Aaron James (30 FGA on April 6, 1974).
  • He is one of five rookies to attempt 36 shots in a game. Mark Aguirre (40), Earl Monroe (39), (Dave Bing (38), Bob McAdoo (36). Mitchell’s 35 points are the fewest of of the five games.
  • Friday was the 21st time this season Mitchell’s field goal attempts have exceeded his point total.
  • Mitchell now has four games with 35-plus points, surpassing Darrell Griffith’s three.
  • Only three rookies since 2004 have had four games of 35-plus points (Mitchell, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin).
  • He has seven steals in the past two games, placing him well within reach of Andrei Kirilenko’s Jazz rookie record of 116 (Mitchell has 105 with nine games remaining).
  • He is the only rookie in Jazz history to have a stat-line of 35 points, three assists, three rebounds and four steals.

Ricky Rubio

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  • Rubio has made three 3-pointers in three straight games. That matches a career-high streak for him set earlier this year.
  • After going 7-7 from the free throw line, Rubio has shot 100 percent on free throws in 27 games this year.
  • With his 20 points Friday, he has as many 20-point games this year as in his last two years combined (13).

Rudy Gobert

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  • Gobert started the month of March by averaging 18.9 points, 13.9 rebounds but has averaged just 12/7.5 in the last two games.
  • His seven-game streak of having two or more blocks ended. It was just the 10th time since the start of last season he has ended a game with zero blocks.

Joe Ingles

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  • If he makes 15 more 3-pointers, he will become the 27th player in NBA history to make 200 threes in one year and the first in Jazz history.
  • With 13 points Friday, Ingles is the fourth player on the team to have a double-digit scoring streak of 10 games or more (Mitchell, Rubio, Rodney Hood, Gobert).
  • With his four assists, Ingles’ 2017-18 year ranks 10th in Jazz history for assists by a non-point guard (325). He is on pace to finish fifth (Gordon Hayward holds the record with 400 in 2013-14).

Quick Hits

  • Dante Exum had four points and four assists in his first four minutes, but had didn’t raise either stat in the last six minutes he played.
  • Royce O’Neale has not scored more than seven points since before the All-Star break (two points Friday)

Random Stat

  • The Jazz are 17-14 all-time in overtime games where both teams score more than 120 points.

Complex Stat

  • Donovan Mitchell is the fourth player ever to play 44 minutes, record four steals, four turnovers and make four 3-pointers.