They’re not even the most effective workforce record-wise in their very own convention after Monday night time.
The Utah Jazz held off a late comeback from the Detroit Pistons to say a 117-105 win at Vivint Arena and transfer to the highest of the Western Conference with a league-best 16-5 report.
At the two:48 mark of the second quarter, a Mike Conley free throw put Utah up 28 factors, 69-41. But with 2:06 left within the sport, Jerami Grant’s pair of free-throws drew the Pistons to inside 4 factors.
“Sometimes when you build a big lead like that, the narrative becomes what happened because you didn’t win by 30. These are NBA teams.”
2020 All-Star Donovan Mitchell scored a team-high 32 factors on Monday night time, but it surely was a late pair of three-pointers from Bojan Bogdanovic that staved off the resurging Pistons to lastly wrap up the victory and get them again to profitable methods.
“We knew they had been going to play laborious. We continued to combat and made some massive performs. I’m pleased with our effort.”
The Jazz’s win took advantage of the defeat of fellow Western Conference contenders the Los Angeles Clippers at the hands of the star-studded Brooklyn Nets to move atop of the conference.
Kawhi Leonard scored 33 and Paul George had 26 points for the Clippers, who lost their sixth game of the season.
Following the victory — which again highlighted Brooklyn’s title credentials — Harden said that the team will gel as the season progresses.
“Obviously, some games are going to be better than others, but I think overall that same mindset that we had tonight, we have to have that same mindset every single game no matter who we’re playing. That’s when you’re going to see some growth out of all of this.”
A franchise finest
Elsewhere on Monday night time, it was a night to recollect for Fred VanVleet.
The 26-year-old scored 54 within the Raptors’ 123-108 victory over the Orlando Magic, surpassing the report beforehand held by DeMar DeRozan, in addition to setting the report for probably the most ever by an undrafted participant in NBA historical past, passing Moses Malone’s report of 53.
“Just a special night, obviously, a lot of different levels,” he stated. “So just trying to enjoy it for now, but it’s not a championship or anything like that. It was a good game for me, and I’ll enjoy all the love for a couple hours and get ready for the next one.”