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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN Gobert makes two incredible defensive plays leading Jazz to overtime win

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN
Summary: A 10-1 rally to close the 4th quarter forces overtime and the Utah Jazz get the shots to fall in OT on way to a 98-95

• Lots of big plays down the stretch to walk thru tonight to tell the story of the Jazz win.

• The biggest was an incredible in-bound play down 2 with 8 seconds left. The Jazz in bounding from the right side of the basket were able to get a pass in to Joe Ingles under the rim and he laid it up and in. Stunning play.

• Now with the game tied the Pistons ran a play to get Luke Kennard a three. Was this Stan Van Gundy hoping to get one up on Donovan Mitchell, no but from Pistons stand point a Luke Kennard game winner would have been pretty sweet. It was a great play and Andre Drummond set a mammoth pick hip checking Ricky Rubio into another zip code to free Kennard. Rudy Gobert reads it perfectly and makes a great effort to impact the shot of Kennard and forces a miss.

• Gobert does this again on the final play of the game. With the Jazz up 3 in overtime. The Pistons ran a great play. They sent Kennard around Andre Drummond to set a pick on Tobias Harris. The impact is that Donovan Mitchell who is guarding Kennard is now picked by Drummond as he tries to switch onto Harris and Harris is running free to the corner to tie the game. Gobert is playing center field and reads that Drummond has picked off Mitchell and makes an incredible effort jumping off one leg to alter the shot and force a game tying miss.

• These are big time efforts. These are what has to happen to win.

• The Jazz went on a 10-1 run to close the 4th quarter to force overtime. Jazz trailed 88-79 with 3:17 left when Tobias Harris hit a three. Gobert hit a shot and then Avery Bradley missed a three that probably would have ended the game. If you go down 10 with 2:41 left the math is wrong. The Pistons offense became awful. Ish Smith and Stanley Johnson missed on the next three attempts and the Jazz had a chance to get back in the game and did on the Joe Ingles layup to force overtime.

• Jazz held the Pistons to 34% shooting and 3 of 15 from three in the 2nd half. The Pistons are the 3rd best three point shooting team in the NBA.

• Joe Johnson was +11 in the 2nd half and 4 of 5 from the field.

• Donovan Mitchell had a really tough 2nd half with a 1 for 9 with 3 turnovers, including a big turnover in the 4th quarter where Andre Drummond stripped him and took in the length of the floor for a dunk.

• In Overtime the Jazz made shots. Joe Ingles hit two threes to open the overtime and Mitchell hit a catch and shoot three to put the Jazz up 7 with 3:03 left. However, it still took the great play by Rudy to seal the game.

• Donovan is shooting 27% on off the bounce threes since Jan 1st. For the season, he is catch and shoot 41% from three.

• Ricky Rubio had his fourth double double of the season and three are points and rebounds. His passion was terrific. He plays hard every night and he plays with great intentions. He got blasted by Anthony Tolliver (unintentionally) and got a significant cut over the eye. He got it glued and returned for the key moments of the game. Not sure the Jazz win without him tonight.

• Jazz played their 12th game without Rodney Hood, they are 7-5. This was the first below .500 team of the 7 wins.

• Solid win. Lots of things went wrong. Andre Drummond was incredible. He was great. Totally dominate in this game in every aspect. His line of 30 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 6 blocks has never been done before. He played with an incredible effort all night and may have proved his point about being an all-star snub.

David Locke enters his ninth year as the radio play-by-play voice of the Utah Jazz, having spent the majority of his career in radio in Salt Lake City and Seattle. In the summer of 2016, Locke created the Locked on Podcast Network which has podcast daily bite sized podcasts for every NBA and NFL team. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Locke graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. Locke and his wife have a son and a daughter.

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