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The Roundup—Bogdanović, Mitchell lead Jazz to comeback win over Warriors
It wasn't always pretty, but the Utah Jazz overcame a sluggish start to squeak out a 114-106 victory over the Golden State Warriors Friday night in Salt Lake City.
The Jazz (15-11) have now won two straight games after a tough stretch where they lost five of six.
"We found a way to fight back," Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said. "We had a rough start to the year, but that's behind us. We've got to go out there and play like we have been, with emotion and energy. We've just got to come out there and fight and trust each other."
Mitchell scored 28 points on 10-for-19 shooting, while Rudy Gobert logged his ninth straight double-double with 15 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks.
The real story, though, was Bojan Bogdanović, who broke out of a two-week-long shooting slump to knock down 8-of-13 threes and score a game-high 32 points. Bogdanović is now shooting 56.3 percent on corner threes so far this season.
"I'm so happy for Bogey. He's been going through it, obviously," Mitchell said. "He's a hell of a player, and once he just goes out and just shoots it and doesn't worry about anything else, he's damn near automatic."
All five Jazz starters scored in double figures as Royce O'Neale had 14 points and Joe Ingles finished with 13 points and eight assists in the win.
Former Jazz guard Alec Burks scored a team-high 24 points for the Warriors (5-22), who have now lost seven of their last eight games. Damion Lee added 21 points, while D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points and grabbed three steals in the loss.
Friday's Best #1: Bojan Bogdanović
Bogdanović had been struggling, shooting only 32.1 percent over his past six games. He did not struggle tonight. The Croatian sharpshooter caught fire in the second half, scoring 20 of his 32 points after the break as the Jazz erased a double-digit deficit. With Utah trailing by two midway through the fourth period, Bogey converted a huge four-point play to change the momentum. The Jazz are now 6-3 this season when Bogdanović makes at least four 3-pointers.
Friday's Best #2: This Dunk by Donovan Mitchell
The Jazz fell behind by as many as 13 in the second quarter before Ingles put in a push shot and Bogdanović hit back-to-back threes. O'Neale drove baseline for a dunk to pull Utah back within five late in the first half.
Mitchell scored four quick points to start the third quarter, while Ingles and Gobert each scored at the rim to pull the Jazz within one. A minute later, Mitchell rose up to slam home a putback jam to tie the game. Gobert put in a layup off an alley-oop from Ingles to give Utah the lead, and then O'Neale slammed home a dunk in transition to put the Jazz up by three midway through the third quarter. After a bucket by Golden State, Bogdanović knocked down two more threes to make the score 74-68 in Utah's favor.
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The Jazz, though, struggled in the fourth quarter until they caught fire from deep in the last few minutes. Bogdanović and Mitchell each hit a 3-pointer to keep Utah in the game. After a putback bucket by Burks, Ingles hit a three of his own to put the Jazz back up by one with just under four minutes left. A tip-in by Gobert and fadeaway three by Bogdanović kept the Utah rolling, and then Mitchell canned a corner three to put the Jazz up 109-104 with just over a minute left to play.
The Warriors crashed the offensive glass over and over and over, grabbing 14 offensive rebounds and scoring 16 second-chance points.
The Jazz got very little help from their reserves as Utah's bench combined for only 12 points on 2-for-13 shooting. Golden State scored 52 bench points.
Despite their rebounding and bench problems, the Jazz shot the ball well, especially from 3-point range. Utah was 16-for-38 (42.1 percent) from beyond the arc, including 5-for-8 over the last eight minutes of the game.
Mike Conley (hamstring) missed his fifth straight game for the Jazz. ... Golden State played without Steph Curry (hand), Klay Thompson (knee), Draymond Green (rest) and Eric Paschall (hip). ... Utah outscored Golden State 11-4 in transition. ... Marquese Chriss finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks off the bench in the loss. ... The Jazz are now 10-3 at home.
The Jazz will stay at home to face the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. Tipoff is set for 7:00pm MT.