SALT LAKE CITY — In the first NBA game since March 11 when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, the Frenchman made the game-winning free throws as the Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104 on Thursday.
He also made the game’s first bucket and finished with 14 points.
Here are three keys from the game.
- With the game tied at 104 with 6.9 seconds to play, Gobert was fouled by former Jazz teammate Derrick Favors and made both free throws. Brandon Ingram then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Utah got the win.
- Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 23 points and was tremendous in the final minutes of the third quarter as Utah was trying to rally from a 12-point halftime deficit, scoring eight points.
- The Jazz won despite shooting just 8-of-34 from behind the 3-point line thanks to a plus-11 advantage from the free-throw line and a plus-8 edge in points in the paint.
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