Utah could not have dreamed of a better final to unite its forces around its two captains, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. The duo united in the final match to resist the infernal Luka Doncic, and were rewarded with this final blow in the “Lob City” mode to please this Game 4 with its stifling atmosphere.
Luka Doncic quickly reassured his people by scoring two baskets in the first minutes of the match and then a three-pointer, delaying the expected rebellion on the Jazz side. So it was necessary to wait for the last moments of the first quarter to see the locals take the lead, after a basket from Rudy Gobert (a technical foul in a move was punished), and three points from Jordan Clarkson (24-23). ).
The first spark came from the sixth man from Utah, with a faucet and two thrusters, giving the locals a first gap, aided by Donovan Mitchell (38-28). Jazzmen advanced to +16 with Bojan Bogdanovic in particular in a perfect relay of Mitchell-Joubert’s pair in throws (51-35).
Accompanied by Jalen Bronson, Luka Doncic was forced out of the “magic box” a step back with three points and a pass in the first half to limit the break (54-42).
Handy corridor for the Mavericks who confirmed direction as soon as they returned from the locker room by relying on rockets behind the Doncic-Bullock-Finney-Smith Triple Arc to refuel 17-5 (59-57). Galen Bronson and Dorian Finney Smith gave it a two-basket layer of 3-point each to move Dallas to +3 at the end of the third quarter (78-81).
The alley between Royce O’Neill and Rudy Gobert and Jordan Clarkson’s three-point, three-shot sequence put Jazzmen back in the lead at the start of financial time (87-86). To the end, Quinn Snyder’s forces withstood the exploits of Luka Doncic, with Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell’s composure, particularly in the 2+1 game that brought his team back to 98-99.
Then, when Dwight Powell missed two free throws under pressure from the crowd, the Mitchell-Gobert tandem shone one last time with an alley-saving 11 seconds from the finish, giving the Jazz the win, 100-99 after a last failed attempt by Spencer Dinwiddy at the bell.
What to remember
Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert hug. Mocking, arguing, denouncing, the two jazz leaders had to go through crises over their (alleged) disagreements. On the brink in this Game 4 they gave the best answer on the field with a finale that highlighted their own qualities, skill, creativity and vision of the game for Mitchell, and being in the paint and finishing for Gobert, even if he could take care of a 3/8 free throw score in the final . The victory was celebrated with a beautiful hug between the two men.
The return of Luka Doncic. Coming back from a calf injury after thirteen days of absence, the Slovenian returned to his role as if nothing had happened, playing big time (34 minutes). In any case, he quickly showed that he had lost none of his luster, and confirmed that latter with a score of 9 out of 30 points in financial time. He would have just missed the victory.
✅ Donovan Mitchell. The back showed great mental strength in this match, during which he went through tough times without ever giving up. His three main actions at the end, with two baskets including 2 + 1 and an assist Rudy Gobert made him the match champion on arrival, with the Frenchman.
✅ Jordan Clarkson. The one who put his team on the right track and who was a constant threat to the Texas defense. +/- +18 is impressive compared to the rest of the team.
⛔ Spencer Dinwiddy. Rather fruitful in previous games, the Dallas captain would spend an evening without this fourth game. Not in rhythm, in need of the title, but nevertheless he inherited the last shot that could have changed everything, to no avail.
⛔ Mike Conley. Completely transparent. There is no doubt that jazz expects a lot from this series.
Back to Dallas for the 5 p.m. game on Monday (3:30).