SALT LAKE CITY — Starters Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley helped the Utah Jazz build a big lead early on, and Justin Wright-Foreman clinched the 112-107 exhibition win over the Brooklyn Nets with a strong final minute on Monday night.
Utah, which won its second close game in a row after a loss in their first game in the Orlando, Florida, bubble, now has a couple of days to prepare for the restart of the 2019-2020 season Thursday against New Orleans.
Here are three takeaways from the final scrimmage:
• Utah came out firing away from 3-point range and ended up taking 35 from beyond the arc (and making 13). Conley hit 4 of 6 from deep en route to 18 points, while Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson each hit three 3s and Joe Ingles popped in a pair.
• Gobert had another stellar outing for the Jazz with 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including multiple nice feeds from Mitchell. He helped Utah establish a 32-19 lead after the first quarter along with Mitchell (14 points, four assists, four rebounds) and Clarkson (12 points, five rebounds).
• The Jazz led comfortably in the double-digit range much of the game, but the Nets made a final push to pull within two in the final minute. That’s when Wright-Foreman took over. He scored all seven of his points in the final 45 seconds to secure the victory. That included two layups in a row, including one after a key steal by Jarrell Brantley, and an off-balanced bucket as the shot clock was running down with 19.5 seconds to go.