Saturday, May 28

Jazz fell short in their comeback attempt against Warriors, 94-92


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Jazz stepped up their defense Sunday night against Golden State, but couldn’t get enough shots down the stretch.

Bojan Bogdanovic led Utah with 21 points, but his potential game-winning 3-pointer at the last second faded, and Royce O’Neale’s rebounding bunt didn’t drop as the Jazz lost to the Warriors, 94-92. .

The Jazz limited Golden State to just 11 points in the fourth quarter but scored just 17.

After dropping as many as 13 points in the second half, Bogdanovic cut the Warriors’ lead to 94-92 with 30 seconds left on a 3-pointer from the corner. The Jazz then recovered from a Warriors error and opted not to call a timeout to set up a final shot. Instead, Bogdanovic was able to hit a clean 3-point shot, but it bounced.

“I really thought the ball was going to go in,” Bogdanovic said. “Then we had the offensive rebound that didn’t go in. Just unlucky. I really thought I was the winner of the game.”

“Bojan Bogdanovic is the best player in this league,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder added. “See if he’s available, maybe he’ll get a timeout and he’ll draw something and he probably won’t see it as well as we do, as evidenced by the fact that he was in and out.”

Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 18 rebounds, but he strained his calf late in the game and sat out the final two minutes. After the game, Gobert didn’t think the injury was serious, but it looks like he will miss some time.

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“I think it’s just a little bit of tension,” Gobert said. “I really never had that before. It’s hard for me to say how many games or how long it will take to heal. But I don’t think it’s a bad thing.”

The Jazz travel to Phoenix to face the first-place Suns on Monday night. Donovan Mitchell, who missed his third straight game with a concussion, will not play Monday.

Bogdanovic suffered a knee contusion in the fourth quarter but remained in the game. His condition for Monday’s game is unknown.

“It was a hard blow,” Bogdanovic said. I’ll be fine. We have to be resilient. We have to stay together.”

Rudy Gay had 16 points off the bench for the Jazz, while Joe Ingles added 10 points. Trent Forrest and Jordan Clarkson each scored nine.

Steph Curry continued to struggle with her outside shot. The NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers was 1-for-13 from deep and 5-for-20 overall, finishing with 13 points.

“I’m trying to have fun with this,” Curry said. “It’s an overview of how you approach the game, the work you do. It’s obviously frustrating. I want to throw the ball, it’s frustrating. I kicked the chair the other day for that reason,” he said. “It’s not that I don’t care and don’t try to figure it out, but I don’t worry about it.”

Neither team shot the ball well, with the Jazz shooting just 38.3 percent and the Warriors shooting 43.4 percent from the field.

Jordan Poole scored 20 points, while Curry’s brother-in-law Damion Lee came off the bench to hit four crucial 3-pointers and score 12 points.

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