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Jazz Fall for the first time this season

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Jazz Fall for the first time this season

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There is no longer an undefeated team in the NBA.

Despite a frenzied comeback late in the fourth quarter, Utah suffered its first loss of the season after losing 107-99 to Chicago on Saturday night.

“We’re talking about the game and our guys have a sense of the things we need to do better,” Utah head coach Quin Snyder said after the game. “We didn’t have that tonight.… It’s a good team.”

Bojan Bogdanovic’s three-point shot with 2:13 remaining capped a 13-2 run to make it a 98-93 game, but it was the closest the Jazz would get the rest of the way.

Donovan Mitchell scored a high 30 points while adding seven rebounds and six assists. But he shot 9 of 27 from the ground and 2 of 11 from beyond the arc.

It wasn’t just Mitchell who struggled to shoot as the Jazz finished the game 35 of 92 (38.5%) from the floor and 11 of 38 (29.7%) from three-point territory. .

Playing without his general on the ground in point guard Mike Conley Jr. – with rest – Utah struggled to establish a rhythm throughout the game. It was evident as the Jazz committed 20 turnovers, their second in a row with over 20 turnovers.

“There are a lot of things that we are able to do better,” Snyder said. “Give Chicago some credit. They came out and really defended. The turnovers really hurt us, they mark the turnovers, taking care of the ball is an important thing.”

Rudy Gobert continues to rack up monster numbers, finishing with his fifth double-double in as many games after racking up 17 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. Bogdanovic added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Jordan Clarkson, who struggled to shoot in the first half, finished with 16 points. He had a strong second half and boosted Utah’s comeback in the fourth quarter by scoring nine of his 12 points in the final 12 minutes.

“Shoot it, that’s it,” Mitchell said when asked what he said to Clarkson after his 5 of 19 shooting night.

The Jazz overcame a slow start to take a three point lead at halftime.

After Chicago’s Nikola Vucevic (16 points, 12 rebounds) reversed a three-point shot to make it 50-41 with 4:35 left in the second quarter, the Jazz had a 16-4 streak to lead. 57-54 at Pause.

But Utah felt cold early in the second half, being limited to 15 points, the season low, as Chicago led 79-72 entering the fourth.

“It’s tough.… We ask Donovan to play the point for the number of minutes he’s played tonight,” Snyder said. “When you are under such pressure, we have to help each other.… We have to space better, move the ball faster because your margin for error is much smaller.”

Mitchell said after the game that Chicago’s physical style of play gave the Jazz some issues as they sometimes struggled through it. Too often they leaned on a whistle that did not come.

“The most important thing is when the teams get stronger we were still able to execute. Tonight we were reckless with the ball and made some mistakes,” said Mitchell. “We did a lot of trouble in our execution. If we perform better, we don’t worry about receiving those faults.”

Utah has a tight deadline as they travel to Milwaukee tonight to take on the Bucks for a special Halloween night tomorrow. Kick-off against the defending champions is 5:00 p.m. MST.

“Watch the movie and be prepared,” Mitchell said of the direction the team is taking from here. “We know each other, we know what we’ve done wrong. We’re going to go, fix it, and get out tomorrow.”


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