The Utah Jazz withstood a plucky Memphis Grizzlies run in the fourth quarter to pull away late and secure a 121-111 win in Game 3.
Some excellent execution down the stretch allowed the Jazz to finish the game on a 12-2 run, squashing the hopes of another upset win for Memphis.
After dropping Game 1 at home, Utah have now regained home court advantage, with Memphis now staring down the barrel of a pivotal upcoming home game. In the meantime, let's jump to some of the takeaways from an exciting game at the Grind House.
Utah find the range
One of the best ways to quiet the home crowd in a postseason game is knocking down back breaking triples.
The best 3-point shooting team in the league all season, the Jazz lived up to their reputation in this one, finishing 19-for-43 from long range.
Veteran guard Mike Conley Jr. was the chief destroyer from the outside, scorching the nets to knock down seven of his ten attempts from beyond the arc.
Setting the tone in the first period, Utah were able to withstand an early onslaught by hitting seven triples in the period, with three of those coming from the hands of Royce O'Neal.
Remarkably, the Jazz are now averaging 16.7 3-point makes per game in the series, the exact same mark that led the league during the 2020-21 regular season.
📹| Mountain Mike, rock steady.- utahjazz (@utahjazz) May 30, 2021
27p | 8a | 7 3pm | 6r | +16 pic.twitter.com/BEiR9TpeQQ
Mitchell continues to deliver
While the Grizzlies put up a major fight, they are still yet to defeat Utah in the series when Donovan Mitchell is in the lineup.
Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring, pouring in 29 points to go along with five assists despite shooting just 9-for-23 from the floor.
Drawing much of the attention of the Grizzlies defence, it's no surprise the team's outside shooting came unglued with Mitchell asking constant questions of the defence with his ability to score on the perimeter and drive inside to collapse the opposition.
Mitchell was frustrated to have missed Game 1 of the series, but he is making up for lost time so far, continuing his history of excellent postseason play.
📹| @spidadmitchell showed out on the big stage.- utahjazz (@utahjazz) May 30, 2021
29p | 5a | 2r | 2 3pm | 1s | 9-11 ft pic.twitter.com/dlQ8lI3Hkm
Morant making history
There is no other way to describe the Grizzlies second year star, with Ja Morant pouring it on for the third straight game.
Backing up his 47-point explosion in Game 2, Morant was once again dynamic, tallying 28 points and seven assists.
levitate. levitate. levitate. @JaMorant | #NxtUpMemphis pic.twitter.com/Vk3kTAwCnq- 🙅♂️- Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) May 30, 2021
Pouring on 101 total points across his first three postseason games, Morant joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and George Mikan as the only players to top 100 points in their opening three playoff appearances.
Ja Morant has scored 101 points in his first three career playoff games, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and George Mikan as the only players in NBA History with 100+ points in their first three postseason games. pic.twitter.com/l67In1VLlv- NBA History (@NBAHistory) May 30, 2021
Brooks continues to hound Jazz
The coming out party for Dillon Brooks continued in Game 3, with the Canadian guard once again having a big night.
Finishing with 27 points on 11-for-24 shooting, Brooks has become a reliable secondary option in the Memphis offence.
Despite the overall impressive performance, it was a tough ending, with the 25-year-old missing three attempts from range in the final five minutes and then eventually fouling out of the game with 2:11 to play after an ill-advised foul on a Mitchell 3-point attempt.
Like Morant, this postseason is a learning experience for the young Grizzlies roster and there were some valuable lessons learned tonight.
Utah hit the glass
Rudy Gobert's influence on the glass was felt in this one, with the big Frenchman racking up 14 rebounds of which three came on the offensive glass.
Overall, Utah outrebounded Memphis 50-43 and 16-7 on the offensive glass.
It's not win-or-go-home stage for Memphis yet, but it certainly feels like it, with the Grizzlies looking to square things up in the series before they head back to Utah.
Game 4 is on Monday, May 31. Tip-off is at 9:300 p.m ET.
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