The New Orleans Pelicans lost 100-121 in a game against the Utah Jazz in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at Vivint Arena in Utah on the 14th (Korean time).
New Orleans’ winning streak ended at ‘7’. He suffered his 9th loss (18 wins) of the season and gave up a tie for first place to the Memphis Grizzlies. Zion Williamson scored 26 points and 9 rebounds, and Jonas Valensunas also recorded 15 points and 6 rebounds. However, the role players, who were the main players of the recent rise, were sluggish and suffered defeat. Trey Murphy III (no score, 2 assists) and Jose Alvarado (4 points, 2 assists) were sluggish.
On the other hand, Utah escaped from two consecutive losses and recorded 15 wins and 15 losses for the season. The brightest player was Jared Vanderbilt. He played only 23 minutes and compiled a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Here, Malik Beasley 메이저놀이터 (21 points, 4 assists), Laurie Makkanen (19 points, 11 rebounds), and Nickel Alexander Walker (19 points, 6 assists) also showed impressive performances.
Utah reached the victory by tenaciously defending the small crack created at the end of the second quarter. The two teams faced each other closely, but Makkanen and Vanderbilt scored consecutively just before the end of the first half to take a 7-point lead (52-45).
Utah desperately defended this lead. Every time New Orleans chased with the help of Williamson and Valensunas’ control under the goal, they made counterpoints. Walker Kessler, thanks to Vanderbilt’s hard work, stopped New Orleans’ fierce pursuit.
And at the end of the third quarter, the flow was reversed and a wedge was put in the game. Thanks to Malik Beasley’s five consecutive points, the lead widened to double digits, and when Jordan Clarkson’s outside shot passed the rim in succession, the gap between the two teams widened to more than 20 points. He held up well, and hit the flow and pushed hard. Utah was able to overwhelm New Orleans, which was running the highest upward trend, with all of its key players and bench players playing well.
For New Orleans, the terrible 3-point shooting was a regrettable game. Even the overall shot design was good, but the team’s 3-point shot success rate was only 14.8%. He made only four 3-pointers throughout the game. Opponent Utah’s 3-point shot success rate was also not good at 31.3%, but the number of successful shots was as high as 15. In terms of outside shot production, the joys and sorrows of the two teams were mixed.