The NBA is boiling with intensity thanks to the clashes between the teams wanting to win. The dual between the Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz have reached that pinnacle as both teams are ready to cash in on moving to the next round. The Jazz have homecourt advantage and they will surely use it in order to get an edge over the competitors.
The Utah Jazz went with their starting lineup of Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’ Neale and Rudy Gobert. The Dallas Mavericks started with Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell.
With the opening tip, the Utah Jazz started their scoring. The Mavericks were responding to the Jazz’ flurries thanks to Jalen Brunson’s efforts. For the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell was playing his magic and defensively, Gobert was holding fort. But both teams were struggling to make their shots due to the other’s defense.
In the 2nd quarter, the Jazz were making their points due to their team play. They took less 3-pointers and shifted to attacking the rim and making mid-range as they want to of course widen their lead by being extremely efficient.
The Mavericks on the other hand were shooting 3s and let Luka drive the team. They were hitting their strides but apart from their backcourt trio of Brunson, Doncic and Dinwiddie, nobody else was making their shots fall. The Jazz widened the lead with a scoreline of 53-41.
When the 2nd half started, it seemed like the Jazz would continue with their offense. But the Mavericks were more than ready for them. Led by Luka, the Mavericks rallied forth and came up huge in the 3rd quarter. Their 3-pointers started to fall at the right time.
Flustered, the Jazz took more 3s than they had in the 1st half to even out the scoring. But that led to utter failure as they were only able to get a handful in. Combined with their defense, the Mavericks went on a 13-2 run to end the 3rd quarter.
With the game being so tight, the 4th quarter basically felt like a battleground. The rush of adrenaline forced some bad shots being taken from both teams. With the game tied at 94-94, Luka makes a stepback 3to give the Mavericks the lead.
Then on the other end, Gobert sinks a layup to cut the lead to 1 point. The Mavericks were then fouled in which Jalen Brunson sunk a free throw. With less than 10 seconds remaining, Bogdanovic had an opportunity to win with a 3. He faked a defender out and then shot the 3. Unfortunately, he missed the 3 putting a curtain on the series.
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and a block. Bogdanovic supported him with 19 points, 4 rebounds and a steal. Jordan Clarkson provided a spark off the bench with 15 points, 6 rebounds and a block. Gobert had a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Luka Doncic came in clutch for the Mavericks by putting up 24 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Jalen Brunson added with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Spencer Dinwiddie came off the bench to put up 19 points, 2 assists and a block. Dorian Finney-Smith put up a double-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
Mavericks move on to the next round
The Mavericks have tamed the Jazz with a scoreline of 98-96. They now move on to the next round where they will be matching up against either the Phoenix Suns or the New Orleans Pelicans. This is the first time since the 2011 championship run that the Mavericks have won a series.
The Jazz failed to move on to the next round and now everyone is anxious to know the direction of the team. It is clear that the duo of Gobert and Mitchell don’t work well. Added to that is the fact that coach Quincy Snyder made some horrible mistakes in the series which might cost him his position as head coach. It will be interesting to see what the off-season brings for the Utah Jazz.