Intense Play, Doncic Return Dominate Dallas Mavericks-Utah Jazz Game 4
April 24, 2022
The Utah Jazz were up against the Dallas Mavericks and had a dramatic win with a final score of 100-99 on Saturday. Utah’s win brought the series tie to 2-2. The thrilling game was Game 4 that took place at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
Intense play from Utah, Dallas
Dallas led the game by 16 points before half-time. Jordan Clarkson scored three consecutive points to lead the team to a 51-35 victory over Dallas. In this series, Clarkson has an average of 17.5 points per game while shooting 46 percent in his first season and 40 percent in the second one. Clarkson had an efficient scoring ability that made it difficult for opponents to guard him. He finished the game by scoring 25 points for Utah.
Dallas didn't give up easily by closing the points deficit in the third quarter. Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson each hit three-pointers in four consecutive possessions to lead the team to a 74-71 victory. The team went 8 of 10 from a distance.
Luka Doncic, who just got back to the field, also showed impressive play on the defensive end. Throughout his last 14 playoff games, Doncic averaged 33.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 9.1 assists. Utah was aware of how good Doncic was and frequently targeted him.
Utah was giving their all on this match through different ends. During the fourth quarter, Rudy Gobert managed to score 17 points and grab 15 rebounds. While Donovan Mitchel also contributed with 23 points and seven assists,
There were 19 seconds left on the clock and Utah was still down to one point. They decided to continue the game without having a timeout. Mitchell then threw a lob to Gobert in which Gobert posted the ball with only 11 seconds left on the clock, giving Utah a dramatic win.
Luka Doncic returns
Doncic was just returning from an injury that required him to miss the first three games of the Western Conference first-round series after straining his left calf. He finished the game with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists.
Despite the loss of his team, Doncic said that he was just happy to be back on the court. "I had fun out there, just having fun playing basketball. What could be better than in the playoffs? The playoffs are the most exciting, so I'm just glad to be back," he said.
Coach Jason Kidd made Doncic play for 34 minutes in order to give him a break in the first and third quarters. Doncic had constant resistance from Utah and was a little bit concerned about his calf at the start of the game, but the game made him somehow forget about it, as he said.
Doncic immediately showed his skillful play as soon as he returned, and he dominated the game by going 11-of-21 from the floor and 4-0 from 3-point range. The Heat's Gobert also acknowledged his skill by saying that Doncic didn’t really need to be that fast to impact the game. "He impacted the game a lot, especially down the stretch. He made some big plays. That’s why he is who he is," Gobert said.