The Utah Jazz bounced back from two straight defeats to take down the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday in Game 4 of their first-round series, 100-99. Big man Rudy Gobert played hero on the offensive end for once with a huge dunk to put the Jazz in front in the closing seconds, and they secured the win when Spencer Dinwiddie’s potential game-winner at the buzzer came up short.
After getting torched over and over by simple drives to the basket in Game 3, the Jazz were determined not to let that happen again. They came out with a much higher level of effort on the defensive end, and held the Mavericks to just 42.9 percent shooting. Save for a hot shooting stretch of the third quarter, the Mavericks struggled to get into a rhythm offensively. That was despite the return of Luka Doncic, who went for 30 points and 10 rebounds in his first action in the series.
a lot has been made about Utah’s glaringly obvious struggle to rotate on defense this series, thought this possession illustrates it pretty accurately. watch Donovan.
(no, this is not a Gobert/Mitchell narrative thing — just happens to be here.) pic.twitter.com/k74VADdf4E
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) April 23, 2022
Spida to Gobert sends Utah into a FRENZY.
The series is Evened up pic.twitter.com/OmCISXQ1Rg
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 23, 2022
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