Brooklyn Nets crumble against Utah Jazz in the absence of their Big 3

Brooklyn Nets fall apart against star studded Utah Jazz 88-118

Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert

A PowerPact and star-studded Utah Jazz side routed over Brooklyn Nets in the most prolific way. The Jazz beat the Nets 118-88 and dominated the game since the first minute to the last. Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz attack with 27 points. While Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points each. 

Talking about the Brooklyn Nets, they were without their Big 3 of James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Also, Blake Griffin was also not a part of their line-up in this encounter. The Jazz played at home for the first time this month. They had slipped from the hottest team in the NBA to one struggling to score and defend. 

Utah Jazz, who have the best record in the NBA at 32-11, remained stingy on defense while firing 3-pointers from every angle. The home team made 23 of 55 from beyond the arc against Brooklyn’s slow defensive rotations. 

Brooklyn Nets get thumped by NBA Leading Utah Jazz 88-118 

This matchup between Eastern and Western Conference contenders lost some luster when the Nets James Harden was scratched due to a sore neck. He joined teammates Kevin Durant (left hamstring strain) and Kyrie Irving (personal reasons) on the injured list. 

Alize Johnson, who was signed to a 10-day contract on Monday, had a career-high 23 points and 15 rebounds. Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot added 12 for Brooklyn. Whereas speaking about Utah Jazz’s marquee scorer, Donovan Mitchell made five 3-pointers in three quarters of action. He has increased his efficiency of late, averaging 32.5 points over his last four games. 

The Nets had won 16 of 18 games despite missing one primary player or another most nights. The latest example was Harden’s 25 points and a career-high 17 assists to power Brooklyn past Portland 116-112 previously.

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