The Utah Jazz continue to roll, blowing by the New Orleans Pelicans to claim their sixth straight win.
The 118-102 final moved the Jazz into a tie with the Los Angeles Clippers at 10-4 on the season, just a half game back of the Los Angeles Lakers at the top of the Western Conference.
Outscoring the Pelicans 36-20 in the third, the game was never truly in doubt down the stretch, with the Pelicans now slumping to a disappointing 5-8 record.
Utah continue to scorch the nets
As per usual, Quin Snyder has the ball zipping around the perimeter on offence in Utah.
Taking full advantage of New Orleans' defensive lapses, the Jazz tore the Pelicans to shreds from the outside in connecting on 21 long range bombs.
Jazz have hit at least 20 3s four times in their six-game winning streak, which is the longest active roll in the league. Utah hit 20+ 3s four times all of last season, per @ESPNStatsInfo.- Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) January 20, 2021
The returning Joe Ingles was the chief destroyer, finishing 5-for-6 from the outside in a 15-point performance off the bench.
JC with our 20th three of the night ✔️#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/Dv2wnIzBEt- utahjazz (@utahjazz) January 20, 2021
The 44.7 percent mark from beyond the arc was impressive, but truth be told it's not too far above the season average. Utah rank fourth in the NBA for team 3-point percentage, hitting on 40.1 percent of their attempts so far this season.
Donovan Mitchell (4-for-8), Jordan Clarkson (4-for-9) and Bojan Bogdanovic (3-for-8) joined Ingles in giving Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy all kinds of headaches throughout.
Mitchell finds his efficiency
Shooting just 41.9 percent from the field entering the game against New Orleans, Mitchell has began to turn the corner when it comes to his scoring efficiency early in the 2021 season.
Failing to reach 50 percent in his first eight appearances, his 9-for-15 effort against the Pelicans marked the fifth time in the last six games he done so.
📹| @spidadmitchell ⤵️- utahjazz (@utahjazz) January 20, 2021
28p | 7r | 4a | 4 3pm pic.twitter.com/bzhHve2joI
The All-Star guard scored on all three levels in this one, finishing 5-for-8 from 2-point range and 4-for-7 from deep, while also hitting all six of his attempts from the free-throw line.
It's hardly a surprise the efficient burst has resulted in the Jazz ripping off a long winning streak, with the franchise's hopes of contending resting heavily on the 24 year old's ability to play at a superstar level.
Zion's big night goes to waste
An equal season-high 32 points from Zion provided the usual highlight finishes around the basket, but ultimately had little impact on the result of the game.
Finishing 14-for-19 from the field Williamson continually probed the Utah defence, taking the ball directly at Rudy Gobert for multiple tough finishes.
With Brandon Ingram struggling to tally just 17 points on 18 shots, the Pelicans offence outside of Zion sputtered, with no other player able to reach double-digit scoring.
The Pelicans have now slumped to 18th in the league for offensive efficiency, while the defence sits even further down the list at 21.
It's been a tough start for the Pelicans in 2021 to say the least.
New Orleans won't have to wait long for their chance at redemption, as these two teams will square off again in Utah after a rest day.
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