SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert scored a season-high 27 points and also set the single-season NBA dunk record into fuel the Utah Jazz to a 125-92 victory Monday night over the Phoenix Suns, who got 59 points from Devin Booker.
Booker topped his previous season high of 55, set in December at a triple-overtime loss to Washington. The fourth year protector made five 3 pointers and shot 19 to get 3 4 despite drawing a few double teams as the match sought to stop him from reaching 60 points.
Gobert’s alley-oop off a lob from Donovan Mitchell at the second quarter was his 270th dunk of this summer season. The 7-foot-1 center’s 275 dunks will be the absolute most in the NBA because the manuscript started being tracked by Elias Sports Bureau at the 1997-98 season, besting Dwight Howard‘s 269 slams in 2007-08.
Gobert had six dunks in the match — he also missed a no-look reverse effort in the next phase — and averages 3.7 per contest. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 262 dunks going into the evening time.
Because of Booker’s shotmaking that the Suns were just down 14 entering the last quarter, but Utah’s dunk-fest lasted, although Gobert was still on the seat. Favors had 2 jams round a rare dunk by Ingles and the Jazz cruised from there.
Jimmer Fredette, the Naismith Award winner at neighboring BYU, went for 10 for six points in 14 minutes in his second match back at the NBA after completing his season in China.
After a tight first quarter, the Jazz scored 14 unanswered points, capped by Mitchell’s 3-pointer, to start a 40-23 lead from the second quarter. Booker scored 18 second quarter points however, the balanced Jazz outscored Phoenix 36-22 at the period to take a 62-43 halftime advantage.
The Jazz had the very challenging schedule in the NBA at a point but are now capitalizing on confronting a multitude of teams outside the playoff race. This win has been the very first match of a four-game home stand against teams well beneath the .500 mark.
The Suns have lost half four and seven in a row.
Beyond Booker, the Suns were missing all their firepower due to injury. (15.2),” Josh Jackson (11.0) and also Tyler Johnson (10.9) forced some players to be aggressive offensively and Booker to carry huge load despite a lot of defensive consideration.
… The Suns didn’t conduct a complicated offensive strategy while they mostly screened and passed to Booker but still committed 22 turnovers. …
Jazz: Utah outscored Phoenix in the paint, 70-32. … Gobert’s previous season best was 26 contrary to Oklahoma City on Feb. 22. … The Jazz had 31 assists and made 10 of 2 1 3 pointers.
Suns: Return home to play Houston Wednesday, the very first match of a five directly in your home.
Jazz: Host that the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.