Team effort puts Jazz in rare place in NBA history
The Utah Jazz soundly defeated the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night by a score of 139-105, improving their record to 12-13.
The Jazz obviously played an excellent all-around game, one that turned out to be historic. ESPN Stats and Info announced that for only the second time in NBA history, every single one of the 13 players that saw the floor for a team had at least one point, rebound, and assist. The only other team that has achieved the feat is the Spurs in the 2013-14 season, and that team ended up winning a championship.
All 13 players who appeared for the Jazz had a point, rebound and assist. It's the 2nd game in NBA history in which 13+ players had a point, rebound and assist for a team.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 5, 2018
The Jazz was led by 20 points from sophomore sensation Donovan Mitchell, but he had plenty of help. All of the Jazz starters scored in double digits, as well as an additional two players off the bench. Center Rudy Gobert played excellent defense and had three blocks, and was an astonishing +30 in plus/minus. Newcomer Kyle Korver continued his hot shooting, going three of four from distance en route to 15 points.
The Jazz is a team without an established star yet, even as Mitchell is nearing that point. Last year, the team relied on solid minutes from everyone that got playing time but they couldn’t afford any lapses. They rode this strategy all the way to the fifth seed in the Western Conference and even upset the star-studded Thunder, who couldn’t compete with the Jazz’s consistency.
Utah is still rallying from a slow start to the season, but if they continue playing like this, another playoff berth is sure to come.