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Utah’s Rudy Gobert (27) watches Memphis interim head coach JB Bickerstaff complain to the referees after being ejected in the Jazz’s 92 – 88 victory over the Grizzlies in Memphis. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal)

Story of the Game

Yuck.

While the Utah Jazz entered the night on a six-game win streak thanks to their offense, which averaged 128 points per game in their last four contests, tonight it was their defense, and putrid offense by the Memphis Grizzlies, that extended the win streak to seven.

The first half was a unique brand of awful, with each team shooting under 40 percent from the field, under 30 percent from three, and turning the ball over 11 times. Each team dry-heaved its way up and down the court, leaving the burden of scoring all but exclusively to their two offensive orchestrators: Utah’s Ricky Rubio, who scored 16 in the half, and Memphis’s Marc Gasol, who scored 13.

The Grizzlies, who came into this game off a four-loss road trip, must have entered the locker room feeling optimistic down only 44 to 39. Jazz Coach Quin Snyder likely felt nauseous.

While the second half was far from beautiful basketball, each team did increase its offensive efficiency. Utah shot the ball at a 45 percent clip while Memphis surprised by reaching 49 percent. Yet the physical and foul-tempered – and littered – game was ultimately decided by free throws as the Jazz made 17 of 21 attempts from the line in the second half alone. The refereeing clearly frustrated the Grizzlies, and interim head coach JB Bickerstaff and Dillon Brooks were ejected late in the game.

Combined with Rubio’s 29-point night, those freebies were enough for Utah to limp to the finish line.

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN

SUMMARY: Utah Jazz remarkable play continues as a confident connected team dominated the New Orleans Pelicans 133-109

  • The Jazz started rolling early tonight and never let off the gas. The Jazz have not only won 6 straight games they have not blinked for a long time. They played a very strong 24 minutes in the 2nd half at Toronto, put together a nearly perfect 48 minutes against Golden State and haven’t let off the gas yet. The Jazz have played 216 minutes without losing focus. That is stunning.



  • Over the last 4 games the Jazz have won by a total of 95 points.



  • The shooting is out of this world right now (not sustainable). They were 14 of 21 from three tonight including Derrick Favors going 2 for 2. While it is not sustainable it is a case of a team in rhythm, playing the game correctly, and playing without agendas. It is remarkable to watch. The ball is popping. Every possession is just a dance to see where the opening will happen. It is not set where the ball is going to end, instead, it is a gorgeous journey and the end destination is unknown, but they are finding the right exit each time.



  • The last two games have been offensive wins. The defense has been good enough, but they have been offensive wins.



  • The Jazz were 10 of 11 from three in the first half. It was the 9th time in franchise history they had ever had 10 threes in a half only against the Clippers last year when the Jazz went 11 of 12 in a half have they ever been better.



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