They started off the game strong, but the Kings pace proved to be too much for the team in the third quarter. The Kings bench was also very effective in the game with four players in double figures. The Jazz sit in seventh place in the Western Conference and have been playing better in these past weeks. With Rudy Gobert being snubbed from the All-Star game, the Hawks may have had to see a motivated big man on the night.
Coming out strong
Even though it took the Hawks a minute to get going in the first, they settled down and started to play within their offense. The Jazz came out with a lot of energy to start the game, and it didn’t look like the Hawks would keep up. Trae Young got the team in gear with his playmaking and ability to get in the paint for easy shots. He had 10 points to end the first quarter and a couple of nice passes to open up the offense for the rest of team.
Third quarter woes
Just like Kings game, the Hawks lost all momentum in the third quarter. Their shots were not going in and their defense took a step back. Kyle Korver, the one person you don’t want to leave open, had a couple of 3’s to put the Jazz up in double figures. Ricky Rubio was also effective in the third quarter getting the Jazz players involved, and ended the game with 11 assists. Rebounding was a big problem for the Hawks, and the Jazz had a lot of second chances on offense.
Hawks run too late
The Hawks always seem to try to make a mini run towards a point in the game, but the Jazz kept answering back every time. Young did his best to keep the team afloat hitting some tough shots while the rest of the team struggled. After a couple of back to back misses from the Hawks, the Jazz were up by 18 and it looked like a wrap for the team.
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