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    Jazz march on to conference semis with Game Five rout of Grizzlies

    Jun 3, 2021

    SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 26 of his 30 points in the first half and the Utah Jazz advanced to the second round of the playoffs, beating the Memphis Grizzlies, 126-110, on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time) in Game Five.

    Mitchell also had 10 assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes, getting a little rest before facing the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Dallas Mavericks matchup.

    Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points, Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points to help power the top-seeded Jazz to their fourth straight victory.

    Even after a cool fourth quarter, the Jazz shot 53 percent.

    The Memphis big three all played effectively on offense, but got little help from the supporting cast. Ja Morant finished his record-setting first playoff series with 27 points and 11 assists. Dillon Brooks also had 27 points, and Jonas Valanciunas added 18.

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      Mitchell capped Utah's big first half with two contested 26-foot jumpers to make it 75-51 and bring the 13,000 fans to their feet.

      The Jazz out-passed the Grizzlies' slow rotations and scored on 16 of 19 possessions to start the game, highlighted by shooting 8 for 10 from 3-point range. Mitchell scored 14 points in six minutes and the Jazz led 47-27 at the end of the first quarter — two more than previous team postseason record for any quarter of 45 set in 1991.

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      Clarkson's 3-pointer midway through the third quarter gave the Jazz their largest lead at 91-56.

      The Jazz have played all season with the bitter taste of blowing a 3-1 lead to Denver in the first round of last year's playoffs.

      They didn't even give Memphis a chance to repeat history in this elimination game and led wire-to-wire as they reached the second round for the first time since 2018.

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      Grizzlies: After being subjected to fan misconduct in Game 2, Morant's family members were given courtside seats by Utah owner Ryan Smith. … Memphis scored more points in the paint than Utah in all of the first four games but were outscored inside 60-52. … The Grizzlies has fewer turnovers than the Jazz in all five games.

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      Jazz: Mike Conley left with 8:58 left in the second quarter due to right hamstring soreness and did not return. … Jazz matched a franchise playoff record with nine 3s in the first quarter. … There was a moment of silence before the game in honor of former Jazz center Mark Eaton. He died last week at age 64.

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