Despite the Brooklyn Nets valiant effort at the end of the game with some late runs, the Utah Jazz hold on to improve to a 10-game win streak with a 118-107 win at the Barclays Center. The second quarter is where the Nets really hurt themselves, as they got outscored 29-19, as the team had to play catch up the rest of the game. This marks the sixth straight loss against Western Conference teams for the Nets this season, and the fourth straight loss against the Jazz, who just seem to have the Nets all figured out.
Although the Nets fell short, there are still some positives that came out of this game. Kyrie Irving had another spectacular performance in his second game back from his shoulder injury, showing that he is certainly at 100%. Irving sliced up the Jazz defense, dropping a 32 point, 11 assist double-double. The All-Star guard shot 12-of-19 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, and also grabbed 5 rebounds in this stand out performance. The Nets also had an outstanding performance from Center DeAndre Jordan, who scored 9 points, shooting a perfect 4-4 in the paint, and came down with a whopping 14 rebounds. Guard Spencer Dinwiddie dropped 17 points, to go along with 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
For Utah they were able to see some great contributions when it came time from the points from the bench, as Jazz subs were able to record a combined 26 points, while the starters amassed a total of 92 out of 118 points. The Utah trio of Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, and Rudy Gobert, all had extraordinary performances in the game.
Mitchell scored 25 points on 42% shooting from both the field and beyond the arc. Ingles was firing from all cylinders, dropping 27 points on 10-of-14 shots and splashing in 6 out of his 8 three pointers. The French big man, Gobert, compiled a stat line that looks like it was out of a video game. As if scoring 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting wasn’t enough, Rudy was able to crash the boards as well, bringing down a monstrous 18 rebounds, which was almost half of Utah’s total rebounds for the night.
The Nets look to have a short memory, as they take on the division rival, Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow at the Wells Fargo Center. The last time these two teams squared off, the Nets thrashed the 76ers in a 109-89 blowout at the Barclays Center. The Nets are 1-0 against the 76ers so far this season, and 4-4 against Atlantic Division teams. Without All-Star big man Joel Embiid in the mix for the 76ers, Brooklyn loos to take advantage in the paint, where fellow big men DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen excel. This can be a big win for the Nets to help them get back on their feet with a road win over their division rival.
Brooklyn will return to the Barclays Center to host the Milwaukee Bucks in a game time that is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
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