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Instant analysis: Jazz beat Kings to finish the regular season

Utah beat Sacramento, 121-99, in the final game of the NBA regular season, finishing the year with a record of 52-20.

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Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic drives during game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., May 16, 2021.

Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) is guarded by Sacramento Kings forward Louis King during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Randall Benton, AP

The Utah Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings, 121-99, at Golden1 Center on Sunday night in the final game of the regular season. The Jazz finish the season with a record of 52-20, the best record in the league, and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

High Notes

  • Mike Conley, in his second game back from missing nine consecutive games, was on track for a possible triple-double. Had it not been for the fact that the Jazz were blowing out the Kings and that Conley was still on a bit of a minutes restriction he might have gotten there. Conley, who played in just 16 minutes on Friday, played just shy of 22 minutes on Sunday and scored 11 points, including going 3 of 3 from 3-point range, dished out nine assists, pulled down six rebounds and grabbed three steals. It was a very well-rounded and efficient performance and it seems as though any rust from being out for a couple weeks was shaken off.
  • The Jazz were having a little bit of trouble getting their offense going on Sunday and then Jordan Clarkson started to cook. He finished with 33 points and shot 6 of 12 from deep.
  • Outside of Conley and Clarkson, the Jazz had five other players score in double figures in a nice well-rounded offensive effort.
  • The Jazz have played an incredible season of basketball and we have a very, very exciting playoffs ahead of us.  I can’t wait to be there and cover every second of it for all of you.

Low Notes

  • Bit of a sloppy start, but it was the last game of the season against one of the worst teams in the league. You’d like to see a better start, but it’s not really anything to turn your nose up at. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to muster the energy needed to play game 72 against a Kings team not at full strength
  • The Jazz’s live-ball turnovers are one of the few things that should be a bit of a concern as they head into the postseason. They usually focus a bit more and clean things up as the game goes along, but getting down early and turning the ball over a lot in the first half against a playoff team is a lot different than in a regular season game. I should also probably point out that four of the Jazz’s 15 turnovers were committed by Bojan Bogdanovic.

Flat Notes

  • The Kings had nothing to play for, having already been eliminated from play-in contention, and they barely fielded a real team. Their injury report was as long as a CVS receipt, so the last Jazz game was a bit of a snooze fest, but if you’re a Jazz fan, that’s better than the No. 1 seed being at risk. My questions are how long before Luke Walton is fired? And, how long before the Kings are actually a relevant team in the NBA?