It wasn’t pretty for some stretches, but the Utah Jazz got it done against the very obviously tanking Memphis Grizzlies. Dante Exum made his believers absolutely giddy and plenty of other Utah players had solid games as well, including a pair of rookies.
Box score for reference.
UTA Notable Performers
Donovan Mitchell: 22 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
Dante Exum: 21 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds
Joe Ingles: 17 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds
MEM Notable Performers
Marc Gasol: 28 points, 6-7 3PT (11-12 overall), 23 minutes
MarShon Brooks: 24 points, 18 minutes
- After shooting 54.1 percent against the Grizzlies, the Jazz are 15-0 when shooting more than 50 percent from the floor.
- The Jazz shot 11 more free throws than the Grizzlies (26 compared to 15) but made just five more (15-10), good for 57.7 percent from the charity stripe and the third-lowest mark of the year.
- Utah is 3-1 in games when they shoot under 60 percent on free throws. In those three wins, the Jazz won by an average of 18 points.
- The Jazz have held the Grizzlies to under 100 points in all three games this year and an average of 87.7 — the lowest of any Western Conference team other than the Los Angeles Lakers (the Jazz have played the Lakers once this year, holding them to 81 points).
- Marc Gasol and MarShon Brooks scored more than half of Memphis’ points, but played just a combined 41 minutes, neither cracking 25 minutes by themselves.
- After scoring 22 points, Mitchell became the fourth Jazz player since 2000 to score 20-plus points in eight straight games (Karl Malone, Gordon Hayward, Carlos Boozer).
- That eight-game streak is tied for fifth among rookies since 2000.
- Mitchell had his 23rd game of 20 points, three assists and three rebounds, most of any rookie this season and fourth-most since 2010.
- The Jazz are 18-5 in games where Mitchell records 20/3/3
- Exum recorded his second 20-point game of his career with 21 points. The only other one came last March in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
- He made three 3-pointers for just the third time since the start of last season and the 12th time overall in his career.
- Exum’s +14 was his fourth-best plus/minus since the start of last season.
- He shot 8-10 (80 percent) from the floor, by far his best percentage in a game where he’s taken at least 10 shots (next closest was a game where he went 6-12, or 50 percent).
- In the last three games, Exum is averaging 14.0 points on 72.7 percent shooting (57.1 percent from three), 3.0 assists and has made 100 percent of his free throws (6-6).
- He had his third double-double of the year and second game with at least 17 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
- The Jazz are 14-3 in games where Ingles shoots at least eight 3-pointers (regardless of percentage).
- The Jazz are 3-0 in games where Ingles has a double-double.
- Friday was the third time this year, and 47th time in his career, that Gobert has grabbed at least 10 rebounds but not scored 10 points.
- Gobert played just 29 minutes, the Jazz were 4-7 heading into Friday’s contest in games where Gobert played less than 30 minutes.
- Gobert has had four turnovers in back-to-back games — just the third time that has happened in his career.
- O’Neale started in his fourth game of the year and is averaging 11.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals in those games. He is also +61 in starts.
- The Jazz are 4-0 in games O’Neale starts in with an average point differential of 10.3 points.
- Friday was the first time O’Neale scored more than 10 points since before the All-Star break.
- Despite scoring 28 points in 23 minutes, Marc Gasol was just +4 in his time on the court.
- Jae Crowder played just 21 minutes, his lowest amount of playing time as a member of the Utah Jazz.
- Jonas Jerebko was 3-4 from the field (2-3 from deep) in just five minutes but was -7 in those minutes.
- Both Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell played 38 minutes, went 7-15 from the floor and took eight 3-pointers.
- Friday was the 10th time since 1986 the Jazz have shot above 54 percent from the field, above 38 percent from three, and below 58 percent from the free throw line. The Jazz have won all 10 games.