The missed technical throw is an unlikely candidate for the most important game of the game.
Still, what Donovan Mitchell said allowed him to turn the key, turning the weak offensive into a dominant one. This ended with the second half in 72th place for jazz, allowing them to defeat Minnesota for the second consecutive game, 125-111.
After Wolf's star Carl-Anthony Towns won a technical foul for a strong grievance for a non-audience Finding out in time-out with 6:50 left to go into the third quarter, Ricky Rubio asked Mitchell to take the next free kick for to try to make his attacking game. So far, Mitchell scored only seven points for 2-on-1
Mitchell missed a free kick, but then the jazz played another game for him. The guard of the second course dived in the paint, was dirty, but still managed to shoot. He converted one by launching a series of nine consecutive Jazz shots.
"Although I missed [the free throw]it was one of those things my teammates wanted to keep aggressive," Mitchell said. – When you have teammates who support you, that's great. That makes it easy. "
In the remaining 19 minutes Utah would shoot 23 out of 30 in the field, scoring a total of 61 points. Mitchell had 22 of them with only 10 shots to finish with 29 points in total, his 12th consecutive game with 24 or more.
"Donovan started calculating some of the corners in the pick-and-roll," said Jazz Quinn Snyder's coach. "When we attack the edge, all of these things begin to open."
They really did. Jazz had a successful night from the 3-point range, continuing 15 for 39 of a distance led by the 5th-10th and Kyle Corver's 3-in-5 shooting from the depth.
"Penetration in a dribbling, which happens a lot when you suck and do not care about things at the time of the attack," said new 32-year-old coach of Minnesota Ryan Saunders. "Then we have to help each other and open up threes. "Rubio was not just useful in his ability to get Mitchell to go. He finished 18 points on 8-14 shooting, adding eight assists. He played 29:50 in the race, reflecting the limitation of minutes, which became much freer as he recovered from the injury injuries that cost him six games.
As much as the second half was for the crime of jazz, the first half was a fight. They were led by Derrick Favors, who ended up around the rim, but no one else had a really good start for things. The last minute of the half was rude from Utah's point of view: Rubio took third place in the transition, Mitchell dropped his bumps off the border, Beyles struck three, Rudy Gobert crossed the border, and then Bates hit another three. Jazz with 9 points turned to three in a hurry.
Speaking of threes, the wolves used long-distance strikes with great effect, ending with 17-of-36 shooting from depth. As the jazz lends itself to screen shots for typical shooters, Bates and others make jazz pay. Andrew Wiggins had a very exceptional game with 35 points, while Towns finished by only 22, and only three in the fourth quarter.
"He just had to concentrate more, without giving him the right strap for the basket," Rudy Gobert. said. "We did a good job as a team that kept him out of the boards. Just communicate. "
Critical fourth quarter was the polar opposite of Friday's collapse. Instead of losing a big lead, as they did at home, Jazz scored 5 points ahead of the 14 points that ended the game, thanks to a crime that could not be stopped.
This means nine have won their last 10 Jazz matches, moving the team to a sixth place with San Antonio Spurs at the Western Conference. They are also just three games from Oklahoma City Thunder third place – as well as three games from ninth place in the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jazz 125, Timberwolves 111
• A second half of 72 points allows jazz to step away from the wolves, increasing the lead, despite the protective performance up and down.
• Donovan Mitchell transferred the key in the middle of the third quarter, turning the firing with 2 to 13 in the 8-for-9 final, winning 29 points at the end.
• After the game, Jazz flew home to escape the snowstorm in Minneapolis. They will fly to Portland on Tuesday.