After delayed arrival, Utah Jazz win at Memphis

By Field Level Media
Mar 31, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) shoots the ball while defended by Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones (21) during the fourth quarter at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Conley scored 26 points and had seven assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 111-107 victory over the host Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

The Jazz extended their winning streak to seven and beat Memphis for the third time in the past six days. Utah swept the season series against the Grizzlies and beat them for the sixth consecutive time despite missing star guard Donovan Mitchell, who did not make the trip.

Utah’s initial charter flight to Memphis on Tuesday was forced to return to Salt Lake City shortly after takeoff when a flock of birds struck the plane, reportedly shutting down one of the plane’s engines. Mitchell, who has previously stated that he fears flying, stayed behind in Utah when the team took a subsequent flight to Memphis.

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The Jazz also lost Jordan Clarkson (24 points and seven rebounds) when he injured his right foot midway through the fourth quarter. He remained in the game initially, but then exited with 5:11 remaining and did not return.

Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic (23 points) helped the Jazz close things out by combining to score 15 of the team’s final 17 points. Royce O’Neale scored the final two points on a pair of free throws to put the game out of reach with 3.9 seconds left.

Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with a game-high 36 points while Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Anderson each recorded double-doubles.

Valanciunas was held scoreless in the first quarter and missed his first six shots but still finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Anderson had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Dillon Brooks finished with 17 points and three steals.

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Conley also helped Utah’s defensive effort with four of the Jazz’s 10 steals. Rudy Gobert contributed 12 rebounds and eight points.

Joe Ingles started in Mitchell’s place and finished with 10 points and five rebounds.

Memphis played without Grayson Allen (left hip soreness) and Justise Winslow (right thigh soreness).

–Field Level Media