It was the last game on Wednesday night, a clash between a pair of Western Conference heavyweights, the Phoenix Suns, and the Utah Jazz. Two teams I’m sure we’d all love to see grind it out in a seven-game Playoff series, and what might be a small glimpse into what could come soon.
The match as a whole could be summed up as a limitless mid-range shooting game, topped off with some bruising rebounding energy. Something that we don’t usually see as the 3-pointer has taken over the league like wildfire. Nearly all the top scorers on both teams love the mid-range shot, so it was guaranteed to see some classic NBA. But surprisingly, the match was crammed with competitive rebounding as well, thanks to a paired of talented towering bigs in Rudy Gobert and Deandre Ayton.
Phoenix looked to be in complete control come halftime, but the Jazz bounced back from an 11-point deficit to take a 78-77 lead going into the fourth quarter. You could tell some fear was growing into the Phoenix roster, but the Suns’ veteran point guard Chris Paul drank his ‘secret stuff’ and weathered the Utah storm.
Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 41 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 20, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 18 rebounds. And on the other hand for the Suns, Devin Booker scored 35 points, Chris Paul added 29, and Phoenix took out the Jazz in an overtime win, 117-113. The bruising aspect of the game was thanks to the heavy rebounding by both teams. But the Suns had the scoring upper hand in that department with a 61-45 advantage over the Jazz.
It was a great game to watch, but it’s not over yet with more eye-candy to follow. Tonight, the Suns take on the Clippers and the Jazz clash with the Trail Blazers. Let the mid-range shooting continue.
Catch you Monday.