Jazz clinch playoff spot with 121-115 OT win over Grizzlies

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 21 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz clinched a playoff spot with a 121-115 overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

Jordan Clarkson also finished with 22 points for Utah. Donovan Mitchell added 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 28 points for the Grizzlies. Tyus Jones added 24 points and Desmond Bane had 23 points, seven rebounds and four steals.

Memphis played without its top two scorers. Ja Morant (right knee soreness) and Dillon Brooks (right hip soreness) were inactive. The same injury has sidelined Morant since mid-March. His absence didn’t stop the Grizzlies from producing big baskets late in the fourth quarter.

Jackson made a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation and Kyle Anderson returned Bane’s airball on a 3-pointer before the buzzer to force overtime. Mitchell was 1-for-2 from the free throw line with 5.6 seconds left and the Jazz leading 109-108.

Utah took the lead for good when Mitchell and Gobert scored on back-to-back possessions to help the Jazz take a 119-113 lead. Memphis was without a basket for four minutes in overtime.

Utah built a 30-19 lead late in the second quarter after Clarkson and Mike Conley capped a 10-1 streak with consecutive 3-pointers.

Memphis erased the double-digit deficit just before halftime. The Grizzlies tied it on a corner 3-pointer by Bane and took a 50-48 lead on a pair of free throws by Jackson with 7.2 seconds remaining in the half.

Bane made four baskets in 3 1/2 minutes after halftime to help propel Memphis to a 68-57 lead. The sophomore shooting guard scored 12 points in the third quarter alone. With Bane leading the way, the Grizzlies made six of their first nine shots in the second half.

Utah regained a 91-83 lead early in the fourth quarter on a 21-7 run fueled by three baskets and three assists from Clarkson. Danuel House, Jr. capped the surge with a four-point play and alley-oop dunk.

The Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson, left, and Mike Conley, right, celebrate during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Salt Lake City.

INS COUNCIL

Grizzlies: Jackson finished with three blocks, passing Pau Gasol for the franchise record in a season. Jackson has totaled an NBA-best 172 blocks this season. … Steven Adams led Memphis in rebounding (13) and assists (8). Adams’ total assists matched his season high.

Jazz: Clarkson beat the first-quarter buzzer with a reverse layup and Gobert beat the halftime buzzer with an alley-oop dunk. … Rudy Gay returned to the Utah rotation after posting a DNP-CD in back-to-back games. Gay played 13 minutes and finished with two points on 1-for-4 shooting. … Conley had a team-high eight assists.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Grizzlies: Visit the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.

Jazz: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

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