SALT LAKE CITY – Bojan Bogdanovic scored 34 factors — together with six 3-pointers — to steer the Utah Jazz to a 106-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday evening.
Jordan Clarkson added 15 factors for the Jazz, Joe Ingles chipped in 15 factors and 9 assists whereas Rudy Gobert added 13 factors and 16 rebounds. Utah held Toronto to simply 13 factors within the fourth quarter to win for simply the second time in 5 video games.
“This one feels good as a result of it was a battle,” Gobert stated. “Nothing was given to us. We needed to go get it over 48 minutes.”
The Jazz restricted the Raptors to 6-of-24 taking pictures within the fourth after Toronto shot 52% from the sector by way of the primary three quarters.
Bogdanovic’s ultimate 3-pointer punctuated an 11-3 run that began with an out of doors basket from Royce O’Neale and put the Jazz forward 101-96 with 5:16 left.
Toronto went practically 4 minutes and not using a subject aim till Van Vleet and Anunoby scored back-to-back baskets to chop it to 105-102 with 20.2 seconds remaining. Ingles made 1 of two free throws within the ultimate seconds to seal the comeback win.
Utah’s rally began by way of displaying higher connectivity on defensive possessions as the sport progressed.
“We have been switching issues once we wanted to,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder stated. “We have been serving to one another. We have been bodily.”
Fred Van Vleet had 30 factors, seven assists and 6 rebounds to steer Toronto. Khem Birch added 17 factors and 10 rebounds, OG Anunoby additionally scored 17 factors and Pascal Siakam added 15.
The Raptors misplaced their third straight sport regardless of committing simply 10 turnovers after getting shut down within the fourth quarter.
“We simply picked the unsuitable time to get chilly tonight,” Van Vleet stated. “Execution was fairly good. We simply ran out of fuel there on the finish and couldn’t make sufficient photographs.”
Bogdanovic and Clarkson every scored back-to-back baskets as a part of a 9-0 run that gave Utah a 20-16 lead halfway by way of the primary quarter. It highlighted a productive opening quarter for Bogdanovic. He scored 17 factors on 7-of-10 taking pictures within the first 12 minutes – a career-high for a primary quarter.
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Toronto countered with three straight 3-pointers to maintain the Jazz from constructing an even bigger lead. The Raptors then surged forward 41-33 early within the second quarter after Birch scored three baskets and assisted one other over a two-minute stretch.
Van Vleet had the most important influence offensively earlier than halftime for Toronto. He scored 21 factors on 7-of-11 taking pictures. His ultimate basket of the half gave the Raptors a 62-53 lead.
“They performed their hearts out,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse stated. “They performed very effectively. There’s quite a lot of nice numbers — a high-assist, low-turnover sport. You realize, we did quite a lot of actually good issues.”
Utah rallied to take a 68-67 lead early within the third quarter after Gobert capped a 12-3 run with a layup. Toronto countered with three consecutive baskets, culminating in a 3-pointer from Malachi Flynn to surge forward 74-68.
Raptors: Kyle Lowry didn’t play (relaxation). … Van Vleet performed for simply the sixth time within the final 14 video games. He missed eight video games in April with a hip flexor harm. … All 5 Toronto starters made a 3-pointer within the first quarter. … Birch completed with a career-high six assists. … Raptors outscored Utah 13-4 in fast-break factors and 15-7 in second-chance factors.
Jazz: Donovan Mitchell can be sidelined at the least another week whereas recovering from a proper ankle sprain. Mitchell has missed eight straight video games since injuring his ankle in opposition to Indiana on April sixteenth. … O’Neale completed with 10 rebounds. … Utah gave up 29 factors off 21 turnovers. … The Jazz outscored Toronto 32-13 in bench factors.
MAKING MINUTES COUNT
Trent Forrest has seen an elevated function with the Jazz over the previous couple of video games with each Mitchell and Mike Conley sidelined. The rookie guard got here up with some huge performs down the stretch in opposition to the Raptors.
Forrest had a two-possession sequence throughout Utah’s go-ahead fourth-quarter run the place he blocked Van Vleet’s step-back jumper after which sank a 3-pointer on the different finish. He completed with seven factors and three assists in quarter-hour.
“He’s huge time for us,” Bogdanovic stated. “Every time he stepped on the court docket, we acquired one thing huge from him.”
Forrest is averaging practically 17 minutes per sport over his final three video games, averaging 6.0 factors and 4.0 assists per sport in that stretch.
“Fairly empty. We’ll go to the fuel station tomorrow.” – Gobert after being requested how a lot fuel was left within the tank for the Jazz after taking part in 5 video games in eight days.
Raptors: On the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Jazz: Host San Antonio on Monday.
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