In a fight between the two best teams in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns prevailed.
The Suns defeated Utah Jazz (117: 113) in overtime on Wednesday and improved to 36:14 on 35 points by Devin Booker, who got through a weak first quarter to lead the team.
The win puts them within reach of the top seed of the Western Conference as they are only a game and a half away from Jazz.
The 38-13 Jazz was led by Donovan Mitchell’s 41 points but failed to overcome their rare bouts of three.
The Utah Jazz competed as the top team in the NBA on Wednesday when it came to three-point shooting. At 39.5 percent shooting, an average of 17 three-point shots per game was scored, even after a nefarious 111-103 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. They only hit 12 of 44 attempts from depth.
In the first half, the shot Jazz only 13.6 percent out of three, and it wasn’t for lack of trying. The team attempted 22 shots from outside the bow. Donovan Mitchell and Bogdan Bogdanovic were the only starters to sink you, and Jordan Clarkson was almost solely responsible for the dismal percentage since he only made one of his seven attempts.
If you take as many 3s as jazz, you will they don’t suddenly stop shooting them.
So the question is whether Phoenix can either A, which can make up for by reaching the line, or B, can slow it down by 3. #Sun until 17-14.
Utah really set the record for three in half a * four * days and is 3:22 in the first half tonight.
Jazz made it back in the third quarter to crawl, with both sides acting too late three to complete a 38-point frame for Utah that overcame a nine-point deficit and headed into the final frame.
That lead, their first advantage since the beginning of the second quarter, went back quickly to Phoenix. The Jazz – namely Mitchell – broke out 8-0 in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Mitchell ended the night with a game high of 41 points as the Jazz fought against the former 13-point deficit – including the three 10.8 seconds ahead.
He put two in the extra frame, but it wasn’t enough for him to help the Jazz climb completely out of the hole.
The suns got off to a hot start and used a 13-0 run to make room early on. Utah made a quick return, ending the first quarter one point ahead and superstar Devin Booker was nowhere to be found.
Booker, who started Wednesday averaging 25.9 points per game, was in the first quarter two free throws only 1: 6 from the field and responsible for all five of the team’s turnovers.
He came together quickly in the second quarter, scoring 12 points to bring his total to a game high of 16 when the Suns did it for one The lead of 51:40 into the break.
Booker was 1 of 5.
Two trips later, he’s now 4 out of 9.
Meet jumpers. #Sings on 43-32.
Jazz timed out at 2:39 in the first half.
At the end of the night, any memory of Booker’s slow start was forgotten considering he was leading the team with 35 points.
The jazz started towards the end gaining momentum, but the Suns didn’t give up, grabbing three offensive rebounds with a single possession as the clock ran to recapture the 97-96 lead that would hold them up to Mitchell overtime forcing three. As an extra, it was again Booker and Paul who led the team to victory together. Booker collected seven points alone and assisted with Paul’s three points that helped drive it home.
The Phoenix Suns will take to the streets at the same time as the Los Angeles Clippers.
It is expected that Clippers star re-signs this summer, « aside from a dramatic turn of events » (The Athletic).
Spurs Star is expected to take a wide-open approach to potential landing sites as FA this summer (The Athletic).
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