NBA-leading Jazz deal Thunder seventh straight loss, 106-96

SALT LAKE CITY — Bojan Bogdanovic knew the Jazz would look to him to take a number one position with three of Utah’s major gamers out.

Bogdanovic scored 23 factors and Donovan Mitchell added 22 because the Utah Jazz beat the struggling Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 106-96 on Tuesday night time.

“We had guys out on this back-to-back, so we’re ran far more units of fences for me so I used to be capable of get to the basket and draw the fouls,” Bogdanovic mentioned.

Luguentz Dort scored career-high 42 factors and Moses Brown had 12 factors and 15 rebounds for the Thunder, who’ve misplaced seven in a row and 10 of 11.

Bogdanovic, who scored a season-high 33 factors in his final recreation, left his acquainted spot on the perimeter and repeatedly took the ball to the basket. He completed with a season-high 10-for-10 capturing from the free throw line.

“I knew I needed to be extra aggressive these final two video games,” Bogdanovic mentioned.

In ache, Bogdanovic held his proper wrist after getting knocked to the ground within the third quarter. Surgical procedure on that wrist ended his season earlier than the bubble final season. Bogdanovic saved enjoying and was a key to Utah’s 66-38 scoring benefit within the second and third quarters.

Mitchell, who averaged over 40 factors in his earlier 4 video games, didn’t must be almost as dominant in opposition to the Thunder.

Rudy Gobert had 13 factors, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks for Utah, which held the Thunder to 38.7% capturing.

The Jazz used a 12-0 run after a 55-53 halftime edge to blow open an in depth recreation. Mitchell made consecutive 3-pointers to cap the run.

The Thunder by no means bought inside single digits till the ultimate couple minutes, as Utah pushed the result in as many as 25 factors.

Mike Conley, who rested the primary half of the back-to-back when the Jazz had their 24-game dwelling win streak snapped, had 15 factors and a season-high 14 assists for league-leading Utah (41-14).

Georges Niang made his first begin of the season and the second of his five-year profession for the short-handed Jazz and scored 18 factors, together with six 3-pointers. He had a season-high 10 rebounds.

“He didn’t get exterior of himself. That’s what he’s been doing. He simply bought extra alternative, extra minutes, and generally when that occurs, guys attempt to do extra, however in George’s case, what he did was loads. I believed he actually let the sport come to him,” Utah coach Quin Snyder mentioned.

Coming into the sport, The Thunder’s level differential over their six-game shedding streak was 28.5 factors per loss, the worst mark for any group in 17 years. They appeared decided to alter that proper from the tip.

Recognized for his defensive prowess fairly than his capturing, Dort scored 18 factors — a profession excessive in 1 / 4 – to energy the Thunder to a 31-14 lead within the first interval.

“He was sensational. And the factor that goes actually unnoticed with him is he guarded Mitchell the entire night time. There are guys who get 40 within the NBA on sure nights, however I’m undecided many have guarded a man like Mitchell as successfully as Lu did,” OKC coach Mark Daigneault mentioned.

Dort seemed unstoppable in his second recreation after lacking seven contests within the concussion protocol. The Jazz paid extra consideration to him within the center quarters, however he completed with a flurry to make the margin respectable.

“I’ve simply have been engaged on my recreation loads. To have the chance each day to showcase my recreation and simply to show and present that I’m enhancing, it felt good tonight,” Dort mentioned.

The sport was the third in 4 nights for the Jazz, who’ve received 9 straight on zero days relaxation and are 10-1 total on the second recreation of back-to-back units.

“They blitzed us so our backs have been up in opposition to the wall. We needed to reply and we’ve a terrific group of fellows which might be resilient, so we bought again to enjoying Jazz basketball,” Niang mentioned.

IT’S NOT JUST THE BLOCKS

Whether or not Gobert, a two-time Defensive Participant of the Yr, has one block or seven, his worth on protection is making opponents uncomfortable.

“I simply attempt to do the identical factor that I all the time do, which is: be sure that the opposite group doesn’t rating. … I need them taking pictures that aren’t comfy taking and contested. Tonight, they saved attacking the rim, so I saved being there,” he mentioned.

As the sport went on, it took an apparent toll on the Thunder’s effectiveness.

“That’s why he’s good. He could make you timid and you may’t play like that in opposition to them. You possibly can’t play fearful of your personal shadow down there,” Daigneault mentioned.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Aleksej Pokusevski (sore arm), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (sore foot) and Mike Muscala (sprained ankle) missed the sport. … Dort scored his earlier profession excessive of 26 factors in opposition to the Jazz in December. He went 9 of- 1 from the sphere and 5 of seven from 3-point vary in that recreation. … At Bazley’s urging, Daigneault efficiently challenged a foul on Bogdanovic’s 3-point shot.

Jazz: Royce O’Neale (relaxation), Joe Ingles (sore knee) and Jordan Clarkson (sprained ankle) have been Utah regulars who sat out. … Jarrell Brantley had a season-best 10 factors. … Gobert had 4 blocks within the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

Jazz: Host the Indiana Pacers in a uncommon day recreation on Friday.

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