SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz defeated the Phoenix Suns 118-97 Wednesday night. The win completed the series sweep for the Jazz.
Utah started the game slow and trailed after a quarter, but ultimately bounced back to win the final three, en route to the victory.
Here are three takeaways from the Jazz’s win over the Suns.
Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles led the way for Utah.
Mitchell finished with a game-high 29 points, on 9 of 19 shooting.
The second-year guard added six assists and five rebounds to his performance, and yet it was Ingles who stole the show.
The Australian scored 27 points, on 10 of 13 shooting, a mark which included a 6 of 8 performance from behind the arc.
Ingles also dished out eight assists and grabbed five boards in the win.
With his 15 points scored and 12 rebounds hauled in, Jazz center Rudy Gobert made franchise history.
His latest double-double, his 63rd of the year, lifted him past Karl Malone for first place in the record books.
Specifically he broke Malone’s record of point-rebound double-doubles recorded in a single season, which the Mailman set during the 1987-88 campaign.
For added measure, Gobert added five blocks to the stat sheet Wednesday, making for a strong all-around performance.
Jimmer Fredette, the sequel
In his second matchup against the Jazz this year, Fredette had a bounce-back performance of sorts, at least on the offensive end.
Fredette finished the game with 10 points, and shot 5 of 11 from the field.
The BYU alum missed all four of his 3-point attempts, however, and struggled at times on defense.
Utah rookie Grayson Allen in particular had success when guarded by Fredette, and finished 6 for 9 from the field with 14 points.
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With their victory over the Suns, plus the L.A. Clippers loss to the Houston Rockets, the Jazz now have a one-and-a-half game lead over the Clips for the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings.
No. 4 Portland remains two games ahead of the Jazz in the meantime, thanks to a runaway win over Memphis. In further news, Oklahoma City now has a half a game lead over San Antonio for the seventh spot, thanks to the Spurs’ middling performance in a loss to the Nuggets Wednesday night.
- Friday, April 5, vs. Sacramento (38-40), 7 p.m. MDT
- Sunday, April 7, at L.A. Lakers (35-43), 7:30 p.m. MDT
- Tuesday, April 9, vs. Denver (52-26), 7 p.m. MDT