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Jazz Eviscerating the Elite in Best Wins This Season

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The Utah Jazz have been the hottest team in the league for the last two months. They’ve won 18 of their last 19 and have found different ways to win every night. They are not only winning– they are dominating elite competition. This article ranks the ten-best wins on Utah’s resume this season to date.

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Honorable mentions

Double-digit wins against:

  • Spurs
  • Warriors
  • Mavs
  • Cavs
  • Hawks (2x)
  • Pelicans (2x)

Utah hit 20+ threes in six-of-eight double-digit wins mentioned here and won these games by an average of 20.1 points.

#10 – Bubble Rematch in Denver

On their eighth and final game of a long road trip, the Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 109-105 in a gutsy team effort. The Jazz overcame a combined 65 points from Nikola Jokic & Jamal Murray to extend their original win streak to five games. The Jazz won through a balanced attack, with six players scoring in double figures. 6th man of the year frontrunner Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz in scoring with 23 points off the bench. 

#9 – Raining 3’s in Charlotte 

The Jazz had their best 3-point shooting game of the season against the Hornets (No. 6 in the East), making a franchise-record 26 threes on 50 attempts (52%). Utah manifested their ability to light up the scoreboard with a season-high 138 points. Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 31 points on 7/10 three-point shooting. Donovan Mitchell added 30 in the 17-point blowout win. Even more impressive is the Jazz did this on the second night of a back-to-back with Atlanta the night before. 

#8 – Mitchell Shines on TNT

Spida Mitchell continued to shine on National TV last week in an impressive 14-point victory over the Boston Celtics. Mitchell led the way with 36 points and nine assists, a much-needed performance during the extended absence of Mike Conley. This quality win on National TV kick-started discussions around the league about the legitimacy of this 2020-21 Utah Jazz team. 

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#7 – Team Win in Indiana

Let’s not beat around the bush– this game was the opposite of sexy. It was a battle of small-market teams with underrated bigs on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday. Most people nationally didn’t bat an eye at this box score, but it was a huge win for the Jazz. It was their third road game in four days, and it had “trap game” written all over it.

Mr. Consistency Rudy Gobert hauled in 16 and 16 en route to an eight-point victory. He neutralized the impacts of Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner. Mitchell added 27 points, 11 assists and elite playmaking to carry the Jazz over the hump.

#6 – No Mitchell, No Problem

The Jazz extended their original win streak to 10 games with a 116-104 victory over the Mavs led by a monster performance from Rudy. Gobert dropped 29 points, 20 boards and three blocks– the first Jazz stat line of that nature since Karl Malone in 1991.

With Mitchell in concussion protocol, the Jazz found offensive firepower from Clarkson (31 points) and “Splash Uncle” Joe Ingles who was 7 for 11 from behind the arc. They followed this performance with a 19-point win over the Mavs led by two different players – Bogdanovic (32) and Conley (22).

No Mitchell, no problem. 

#5 – No 3s Necessary 

Saturday night the Jazz played a back-to-back against the Miami Heat who were on a four-game win streak. The Jazz shot just 26% from three and still dominated the Heat in an 18-point victory.

So much for living and dying by the three.

If the Jazz aren’t making it rain from outside, they have the ability to get to the basket and play lock-down defense. The Jazz held Miami scoreless for six minutes to open the 3rd quarter on a 16-0 run. Georges Niang scored 14 points in just 18 minutes on 4/6 from deep. He was the only Jazz man to shoot better than 33% from the three-point line. 

#4 – Blazers at Full Strength

One of Utah’s most balanced wins came in the 20-point blowout win over the Blazers to open the season. Seven players scored in double figures, with Gobert and Mitchell each dropping 20. This road win is even more impressive when you consider the Jazz beat the Blazers at full strength (no significant injuries). Despite C.J. McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic missing half of their games this season, the Blazers have still held down a top-five seed in the West. 

#3 – The Four-Headed Monster

The Jazz made history with their 129-115 win over the Bucks Friday night. For the first time in franchise history, Utah had four different players score 25+ points in a single game (Ingles, Gobert, Mitchell, Clarkson). Ingles tied his career high for points in a game (27) and made seven threes. Like recent wins against the Pacers, Celtics and Heat, this victory came without Conley. 

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#2 – Conley Cuts Clippers 

Mike Conley scored 33 and added seven assists on New Year’s Day to elevate the Jazz over Kawhi and PG’s Clippers. It was an impressive team win and deserves to be near the top of this list. Conley’s status is uncertain as the Jazz head into two matchups vs. the Clippers later this week. They play the Clippers on Friday night on ESPN.

#1 – Road Win vs. Bucks

The game that started it all– the Jazz were coming off bad back-to-back losses when they arrived in Milwaukee in early January. They bounced back by making 25 threes on 47% shooting in a 131-118 victory over the reigning MVP. Mitchell led the team with 32 points.

The team was just 4-4 on the season at this time, and they now find themselves at a league’s-best 22-5 record.

It’s been a historic run for the franchise over the past few months. The Jazz have the opportunity to add to their already-impressive resume with a huge home matchup against the 76ers Monday. The matchup will consist of the best in the West vs. the best in the East. All eyes will be on the Jazz as they look to push their current win streak to eight.

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About Kyle Peay

Utah Jazz Co-Lead for @theleadsm

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