A missing technical free throw is a rather unlikely candidate for the main game in the game.
And that's what Donovan Mitchell said, allowed him to turn the switch and make a weak offensive performance to a dominant. It culminated in a 72-point second half for the jazz so they could beat Minnesota to the second consecutive game, 125-111.
After the Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns, the technical error earned too much to complain about a non-call On entering the 6:50 timeout back in the third quarter, Ricky Rubio asked Mitchell to take it later free throws, to try to get his offensive game on the road. To this point of the competition, Mitchell scored only seven points in 2 to 1
Mitchell missed free throw, but then Jazz ran another game for him. The sophomore guard went down the hill in the paint, was fouled, but did the shot anyway. He converted one and started a race of nine consecutive jazz shots.
"Although I missed [the free throw]it was one of the things my teammates want me to stay aggressive," Mitchell said. "When you have team members back, you like it, it's great. It makes it easy."
In the last 19 minutes, Utah would shoot 23 out of 30 from the pitch and score 61 points in total. Mitchell had 22 of them in just 10 shots at the end with 29 points in total, his 12th consecutive match with 24 or more.
"Donovan began to figure out some angles in the pick-and-roll," said jazz coach Quin Snyder. "When we attack the rim, all these things begin to open."
In fact, they did. The jazz had a successful night from the 3-point range that went 15 to 39 away, led by Jae Crowder's 5-of-10 and Kyle Korver's 3-of-5 shot from deep.
"Dribble penetration that occurs a lot when you get sucked in and don't take care of things at the point of attack," said Minnesota's 32-year-old coach, Ryan Saunders. "Then we'll help each other and open three's there."
Rubio was not only helpful in his ability to get Mitchell to go. He scored 18 points in 8-of-14 shooting and added eight assistants. He played 29:50 in the competition, reflecting a one-minute limitation that has become much looser when he recovers the hamstring injuries that cost him six games.
Almost the other half was for the jazz offense was the first half a fight. They were led by Derrick Favors & # 39; finish around the rim, but no one else had a particularly good start on things. Last minute in half was rough from a Utah perspective: Rubio airballed a three in transition, Mitchell let rebound slip out of his hands and out of bounds, Bayless hit three, Rudy Gobert passed incoming passes straight out of the borders, and then Bayless hit one second three. A 9-point jazz lead was about three busy.
On the contrary, the wolves used the long-distance image to great effect and ended with 17-of-36 shooting from the depth. When the jazz went on screens for typical iffy shooters, Bayless and the other did the Jazz pay. Andrew Wiggins had a quite unusual game with 35 points while the cities ended with only 22 and only three in the fourth quarter.
"Just focus more and don't give him the straight path to the basket," Rudy Gobert said. "We did a good job as a team that kept him out of the boards. Just communicate."
The critical fourth quarter was the polar opposite of Friday's collapse. Instead of losing a big lead as they did at home, jazz extended a five point advantage to the 14-point lead they ended the game, thanks to a non-stop offense.
It now means that it is nine wins in their last 10 games for the jazz that moved the team to a tie for sixth place with the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference. They are also only three games away from third place Oklahoma City Thunder – as well as three games away from the ninth place of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jazz 125, Timberwolves 111
• A 72-bottom second half allows the jazz to pull away from the wolves and expand the lead despite an up and down defensive performance.
• Donovan Mitchell runs the switch in the middle of the third quarter and makes a 2-to-13 recording started in an 8-to-9 finish, earning him 29 points at the end.
• After the game jazz flies home to escape from a Minneapolis blizzard. They fly to Portland on Tuesday.