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3 keys in the Utah Jazz’s 101-99 scrimmage win over the Miami Heat

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In this file photo, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks over Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) as the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets play an NBA basketball game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Denver won 98-95, giving the Jazz its fifth straight loss.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz unofficially got in the win column at the NBA’s bubble in Orlando on Saturday, outlasting the Miami Heat 101-99 in their second of three scrimmages.

Here are three takeaways from the contest.

  • Long term, it probably won’t mean a whole lot, but it’s worth noting that the Jazz played most of the fourth quarter — and all of the final six minutes — with rookies on the floor in a close game and outlasted the Heat.
  • In a back-and-forth game, Utah was tremendous in the third quarter on both ends of the floor in building a double-digit lead, which it gave away when Rudy Gobert came off the floor. For the day, Gobert scored 21 points with eight rebounds and two blocks.
  • Mike Conley came alive in the third quarter after a slow first half and finished with 17 points, six rebounds and an assist.