Utah Jazz

Donovan Mitchell lights up the surging New Orleans Pelicans for 37 points as the Utah Jazz win without Rudy Gobert

In their final home game before a five-game road trip, the Utah Jazz took care of business against the New Orleans Pelicans, winning 128-120 without their All-Star center, Rudy Gobert.

The win is their seventh in their last nine games, improving their record to 11-5, tied for the third-best record in the Western Conference.

Here are the biggest takeaways from the game:

Mitchell & Bogdanovic start red-hot

The duo of Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic had 43 of their 65 points in the first half, as the Jazz led the Pelicans by 20 (74-54) after the first 24 minutes of the game.

Mitchell had 23 of those 43 on 6-of-11 shooting from the field (4-7 3P) along with five rebounds and three assists in his 17 minutes while Bogdanovic had 20 on 8-of-10 shooting (3-5 3P) in his 19 minutes.

The Pelicans did outscore the Jazz 34-24 in the third quarter and they rallied in the fourth quarter but they could never make up the deficit that Mitchell and Bogdanvic built in the first half.

Mike Conley's shooting struggles continue

Given Mitchell's scoring prowess, not a lot of offence might be expected from Mike Conley Jr.

Given their record and morale, he seems to have fit well into the team. He averages just 4.3 assists and just over two turnovers a game which is pretty good in his first 16 games with a new team.

Where he is struggling is his shooting. Other than a couple of games (29 in home win vs. the Clippers on Halloween and 27 vs. the Warriors a day earlier), Conley has not a great shooting start to the season.

From the 14 remaining games, he's had four where he's made two or fewer field goals. In eight of the 14 games, he's knocked down just one 3-pointer or less. Barring the above two mentioned games, Conley is shooting a disappointing 60-of-179 (33.5%) from the field and 23-of-76 (30.2%) from beyond the arc.

In this game, he scored 11 on 2-of-9 shooting (1-4 3's). Imagine how scary the Jazz will be once Conley Jr. finds his shooting touch.

Brandon Ingram rides form momentum

In this game, Ingram scored 33 points on 12-of-24 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from long range.

This is the fifth time in the last six games that he has scored 25+ and was a huge reason for the Pelicans' second-half rally as he scored 25 of his 33 in the second half on just 9-of-13 shooting.

Through 12 games so far for the Pelicans this season, he's averaging career-highs across the board - 26.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 51.6% shooting from the field, and 46.3% from long distance.

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