SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When the Utah Jazz find a rhythm around the basket, few teams can do anything to stop them from dominating on both ends of the court.
That certainly was the case during a 118-88 victory on Monday night over the Indiana Pacers. For the bulk of 48 minutes, Utah attacked the rim with relentless energy. The Jazz crashed the boards, didn’t trail at all and were never seriously threatened.
Utah shot 54 per cent from the field, scored 60 points in the paint and finished with a 53-30 advantage in rebounds.
The Jazz also limited Indiana to seven free throw attempts, and the Pacers made just three. Both were season lows for a Utah opponent.
“That was really what we wanted to do,” centre Rudy Gobert said. “Don’t give them any free throws. Don’t give them anything at the rim and don’t give them any rebounds. I think we did a great job doing those three.” Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points and Gobert had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Mike Conley had 14 off the bench.
Myles Turner and Aaron Holiday scored 12 points apiece to lead Indiana. Turner added a career-high six steals, but the Pacers lost despite forcing 21 turnovers and nabbing a season-best 15 steals.