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3 keys in the Utah Jazz’s emphatic 124-105 Game 2 win over the Denver Nuggets

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Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) shoots the basketball against Denver Nuggets guard PJ Dozier (35) in game Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz tied up their first-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets in emphatic fashion on Wednesday afternoon in Orlando, dominating Game 2 and ultimately winning 124-105.

Jazz-Nuggets playoff schedule

(3) Denver Nuggets

vs. (6) Utah Jazz

Game 1

Nuggets 135, Jazz 125 (OT)
Game 2

Jazz 124, Nuggets 105
Game 3

Jazz 124, Nuggets 87
Game 4

Jazz 129, Nuggets 127
Game 5

Nuggets 117, Jazz 107
Game 6

Nuggets 119, Jazz 107
Game 7

Nuggets 80, Jazz 78, Nuggets win series 4-3

Here are three keys from the game.

  • The Jazz were rather ridiculous from behind the 3-point line, finishing 20-of-44. Most of them were good looks, too, as Denver’s defense continued its trend of not being forceful. Utah also won the points in the paint battle 48-28.
  • After scoring 57 points in Game 1, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was rather quiet in the first half Wednesday in scoring just six points, but he exploded for 21 in the third quarter as Utah scored 43, and he finished with 30. Rudy Gobert was tremendous in the first half as the Jazz built a 13-point lead at intermission, and he finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
  • Every Utah regular rotation player finished with a positive plus minus except Tony Bradley, but even he finished exactly even. Only the seldom-used players who came in at the end finished with negative plus-minuses.