With a 109-102 win at home against the Orlando Magic, the Utah Jazz picked up their third straight win. This comes after a rough seven-game stretch where they won just two and lost five.
Despite the Magic's losing record, this win was by no means easy. Here are the biggest takeaways:
Bojan & Mitchell power late run
Late in the third quarter, the Jazz held their biggest lead of 18 and then the visitors went on 37-12 run to make this a competitive contest once again.
That's when the hosts' leaned on their two best scorers for a game-sealing run. Over the last 4:30 of the game, the Jazz went on a 19-5 run, 17 of which were scored by Donovan Mitchell (8) and Bojan Bogdanovic (9).
"We had worked really hard to get to where we were, and sometimes [losing that lead] can be deflating," Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. "The way we finished the game, going from down seven to where we were at the end, was really good execution."
For the game, the duo combined for 60 on a combined 24-of-45 (53.3%) shooting from the field.
Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 30 points in the @utahjazz win. The last time Jazz teammates each scored 30+ points in the same game was Deron Williams (32) and Carlos Boozer (34) in March 2008. pic.twitter.com/0dEPqEImTa- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) December 18, 2019
Bogdanovic also recorded five rebounds, five assists, and knocked down six 3-pointers in his 37 minutes, while Mitchell also recorded four assists and three rebounds and was a game-high +19 in his 35 minutes.
📹| Joe Joe Binks- Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 18, 2019
16p | 12r | 4 3pm | 2a | #TakeNote ⤵ pic.twitter.com/TXb2FFLJ1a
The Jazz also had some big contributions from two other key starters - Rudy Gobert (12p/19r/5a) and Joe Ingles (16p/12r/2a/2b).
Magic compete despite odd game
The Magic committed just three turnovers for the game, 11 less than the Jazz. They struggled from beyond the arc, only knocking down seven 3-pointers in 35 attempts (20.0%).
Despite these odd numbers, with 2:15 left in the game, the Magic held a one-point lead (98-97). They went on to lose, suffering their fourth defeat in the last five games.
On to Denver. pic.twitter.com/HCmbhN90V2- Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) December 18, 2019
The Magic had five players finish in double figures, led by reserve D.J. Augustin's 22 points. This was the Magic's second game of a four-game West road trip.
Mike Conley's status
After a five-game absence, the Jazz's big offseason acquisition returned to the starting line-up.
However, after just 19 minutes on court, he was forced to head back to the locker room in the fourth quarter due to a hamstring injury. It was later announced that he would not return to the game.
No official announcement or update has been provided on Conely's condition since he went off the floor.
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