Much like Game 3 of their playoff series last Saturday night, the Utah Jazz needed a late run in Game 4 to hold off the Memphis Grizzlies on the road Monday night.
The Jazz got it, though, ultimately winning 120-113. Up 109-106 inside of four minutes to play, Utah went on a 7-0 run and the Grizzlies couldn’t mount enough of a comeback.
The Jazz now have an opportunity to close the series in Game 5 on Wednesday in Salt Lake City.
Here are three takeaways from the game.
Mike Conley made huge plays down the stretch
The longtime Grizzlies leader had a quieter night Monday than his 27 points in Game 3, but in a 35-second span in the fourth quarter, he was absolutely clutch. With the Jazz clinging to a four point lead with 3:41 on the clock, Conley was credited with a block, two rebounds and a 3-pointer as Utah began its decisive run. For the night, Conley had 11 points, seven assists, three rebounds, a steal and a block.
The Jazz once again kept their composure late
There’s no question at this point that Memphis is going to keep fighting to make things interesting down the stretch of close games, and on Monday it was De’Anthony Melton who brought the Grizzlies back from a 13-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. The Jazz also did not shoot well for most of the fourth quarter, but they executed properly down the stretch when it mattered most, especially during the key run.
A bunch of players contributed for the Jazz at different times
Five Jazzmen finished in double figures, and each were key at different times. Conley was good down the stretch, Donovan Mitchell finished with a game-high 30 points, Rudy Gobert was great offensively in the third quarter, Bojan Bogdanovic made five of his 10 3-point tries and Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points off the bench.
3rd quarter: Jazz 100, Grizzlies 87
The Jazz once again used an excellent offensive performance to gain significant separation. Up by seven with a minute to play in the frame, Utah closed on an 8-2 run. In the quarter, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson all had scoring spurts as Utah put up 41 points.
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Halftime: Jazz 59, Grizzlies 54
Like the first quarter, the second was pretty evenly played, although it was different in that it was much more gritty, whereas both teams played very well offensively in the first. The Jazz did extend the lead to nine late before Memphis cut it to five. Both teams continue to shoot well, although Utah has gained some separation in 3-point shots.
First quarter: Jazz 34, Grizzlies 31
The Jazz got off to a blazing hot start before cooling down as the Grizzlies upped their defensive pressure. Both teams shot very well from the field and had balanced scoring, with a Jazz 3-pointer being the difference in the game.