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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) laughs after a basket in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The Jazz gained 116-88.
SALT LAKE CITY — There wasn’t a lot doubt about the end result of Thursday evening’s sport at Vivint Arena between a Utah Jazz workforce that had gained 19 of its closing 21 video games in opposition to a Phoenix Suns workforce that had misplaced 21 of its closing 23.
That was once just about determined halfway thru the 2nd quarter when the Jazz broke clear of a tight sport and briefly put some everlasting distance between them and the Suns.
Still, there was once quite a few pleasure for Jazz trustworthy at Vivint Arena. How about Donovan Mitchell flying in for a couple of dunks and making a Michael Jordan-esque transfer on a pressure to the basket, Rudy Gobert scoring over 20 issues — once more — Joe Ingles heating up from lengthy vary, Dante Exum returning after 5 months on the injured listing, no longer to point out a large brouhaha halfway thru the 0.33 quarter that ended in a pair of ejections and two technical fouls.
In the finish, the Jazz got here away with a 116-88 victory, which raised their document to 39-30 as they stored tempo in the tight Western Division standings.
Mitchell led a balanced Jazz assault that noticed 5 avid gamers rating in double figures, with 23 issues together with his impressive proper hand-to left-hand transfer in mid-air-for-a-basket in the fourth quarter.
Gobert stored up his robust offensive play of past due with 21 issues on Eight-of-11 capturing and 13 rebounds for his 24th double-double of the season, Ingles completed with 17 issues, together with 4 Three-pointers, Jae Crowder contributed 15 issues and 8 rebounds off the bench and Ricky Rubio had 12 issues and tied his season top with 11 assists.
Afterward, trainer Quin Snyder known as it a “discombobulated” sport partially on account of the third-quarter skirmish that behind schedule play for greater than 10 mins and ended in the Suns’ Marquese Chriss and Jared Dudley being ejected from the sport and Mitchell and Ingles getting whistled with technicals.
Before happening a lengthy tirade about the “cumulative” impact of his workforce getting knocked round, Snyder was once satisfied to speak about Dante Exum, who noticed his first motion since early October and performed 14 mins, scoring 10 issues and handing out a couple of assists.
“I thought he did a good job,” Snyder stated. “I thought he was concentrating on the right things. He got back, played defense and looked for his spots to push the ball to the rim. He did a really good job. It was good to see him out there.”
Exum entered the sport after a timeout at the 1:16 mark of the first quarter to a massive ovation from the Vivint Arena crowd accompanied through the “Welcome Back, Kotter” theme track.
Exum had a probability at an help lower than 10 seconds after getting into the sport, but Derrick Favors’ shot got here up quick. He were given his first level through making the 2nd of 2 loose throws with Eight.Eight seconds left in the quarter and made his first basket on a layup early in the 2nd quarter.
Late in the 0.33 quarter, the crowd held its breath when Exum went flying down the lane, was once upended and landed onerous on the floor. An offensive foul was once known as on Exum, but the just right information is, he were given proper up and shook it off and stored taking part in.
Afterward Exum known as it “a good starting point” and added, “I can get better from here.”
Of the fall, Exum stated, “I instructed you guys this morning that I’ve been studying to fall. I don’t need to put myself in danger anymore, so confidently I will be smarter and king of notice after I’ve were given adrenaline pumping, simply to make the good play.“
For Phoenix, which dropped to 19-51 on the season, T.J. Warren led the manner with 19 issues, whilst rookie Josh Jackson scored 17 and Devin Booker added 12 on Three-of-18 capturing. For the evening the Suns shot simply 38.6 p.c from the box.