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“It was a winnable game” | Utah rallies late


With the clock ticking on the shot clock and Utah barely hanging on against Indiana, Bojan Bogdanovic did something he’s been doing all season.

After catching the errant pass and back to the rim, Bogdanovic turned and threw a three-point corner that found only the back of the net. Not only did this thwart the Pacers’ run, but it also gave the Jazz a much needed boost.

Unfortunately, the momentum ran out and Utah’s fourth-quarter rally was short as the Jazz fell 125-113 to Indiana on Saturday night.

“We did this to ourselves. … It’s a winnable game for us, ”said Donovan Mitchell after the game. “We shot ourselves in the foot with too much stuff. We knew what we had to do, but we weren’t there to do it.… We have to do it every night.”

Donovan Mitchell, who missed last night’s game recovering from strain on his left lower back, appeared well rested early on after knocking down three three-pointers in the first 12 minutes. He finished with 36 points in the game and tied his season high in assists with nine.

It was another performance showing his wide range of offensive moves. He constantly attacked the rim with his strength and athleticism while also showing his ability to shoot deep. He finished 13 of 27 in the field and 6 of 12 in three-point territory.

Bogdanovic also looked impressive, especially in the last 24 minutes.

After a slow first half, Bogdanovic quickly found his shot when he lost 10 of his 21 points in the third quarter. His score helped the Jazz recover from a double-digit halftime deficit.

Although Mitchell and Bogdanovic provided the offense, the Jazz struggled to stop Domantas Sabonis in the painting.

The southpaw was very effective on the night, dropping a season-high 42 points on 18 of 22 shots on the ground. He also finished with six rebounds, three assists and knocked down 3 of 4 from beyond the arc.

“They had a player at Sabonis who had a great night,” said Utah head coach Quin Snyder. “We tried to do a lot of different things against him. Around the basket he was so efficient.… We were trying to help and obviously we had a hard time controlling him down there.”

The Jazz seemed well rested at first, jumping to a 14-8 lead after Mitchell’s three three-pointers. Unfortunately, Sabonis was also on fire, tying Mitchell by three while dropping 18 points.

After trailing no less than 16 in the second quarter, the Jazz responded with a 9-0 run late in the half. Mitchell started with a three-point shot, followed by a pair of free throws from Bogdanovic before a Royce O’Neale dunk helped Utah at 61-52 at the break.

Indiana increased their lead to 13 early in the third quarter before Utah rallied again with a 13-2 run to find themselves in the game.

The Pacers would pull out once again in the fourth quarter, but Utah still had a point to make. Bogdanovic’s three-point corner took a six-point deficit with 3:28 left to play, but it was the closest the Jazz would get the rest of the way.

“I wouldn’t say because of the free time we didn’t have our legs,” Mitchell said. “If we want to be a champion team, we have to do it every night, and we didn’t do it tonight. I know we didn’t have Joe and Rudy, but it was a winnable game for us. “

Although he didn’t have Rudy Gobert or Joe Ingles, both in health and safety protocols Jordan Clarkson added 18 points while Mike Conley had nine points and seven assists.

Lance Stephenson lost 16 points and 14 assists for Indiana, while Duane Washington Jr. and Jrue Holiday totaled 31 points.

Utah wraps up its five-game road trip when it faces No.1 overall pick Cade Cunningham and Detroit on Monday night. Closing is 5:00 p.m. MST.