The Jazz claimed their candidacy for the ring at the expense of some Lakers who are far from their prime. The Angelenos, who have lost their last four games, fell 114-89 in their visit to Salt Lake City, further delving into the pothole they are going through and moving 4.5 games out of the West lead. This position is filled by Quin Snyder’s team, who gave a new basketball lesson and once again showed that, at least at this precise moment, he is close to unbeaten.
One wonders, however, how much the loss of Anthony Davis, who has not played since February 14, determined what happened on the court. The power forward is indisputably the great pillar of Vogel’s defense and one of his great references in attack, so it is obvious that his low weight, as well as Dennis Schröder, whose offensive capabilities can serve as relief at certain times. The question is, to what extent?
And is that the difference seen this morning was not exactly small. The Jazz were once again a torrent of choral basketball, with continuous movement and the excellent decision-making that comes from knowing practically by heart where each teammate is going to be at all times. More of the same in defense, where, with Gobert as an anchor, they work like a charm and are a machine to generate jams for even the most trained players to invent baskets.
This time, after an even first quarter, Utah put the cruiser speed up and the game never moved on even terms again. Already at halftime the advantage was 16 points (63-47), and after this it did not stop increasing until it was 29 (105-76), evidencing the dominance of the locals and dealing the Lakers a hard blow from which to rebuild. In this way, the locals added their victory number 22 by double digits, something that, with 32 games played, had not achieved any team in the history of the NBA.
The Jazz did not even need one of their stars to be especially inspired, as they had a very evenly distributed scoring that saw up to six players finish exceeding ten. Among them, the most prominent were Jordan Clarkson and Rudy Gobert with 18 points, to which the Frenchman also added 9 rebounds, while Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley added 15 and 14 respectively. Donovan Mitchell finished with 13, who made up for his shooting mistake (4/16) by capturing 10 rebounds and distributing 8 assists, while Derrick Favors, with 12 points, completed the list.
Snyder’s main weapon was the three-shot, as they finished with a 22/48 on outside shots that destroyed the Lakers’ defense. This, however, is nothing new, since with this there are already 11 games in which Utah has scored at least 20 triples so far this season, which makes them the third team that has reached that goal the most times. mark in history, tying with the Mavericks in the 2019-20 season. Ahead they have the Rockets of the 19-20 (13) and the Rockets of the 18-19 (18) themselves, whom, with 40 games still to be played, they should overcome without problems.
On the road, LeBron James finished as the top man with 19 points, which he came in in just three quarters as Vogel opted to throw in the towel last. They were followed by Montrezl Harrell with 16 and Markieff Morris with 12, the only players next to the forward to reach double digits. (NBA Maniacs) (GG)