The 2014 Las Vegas Summer League has completed it’s “regular season” format, and is preparing to begin tournament play on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, in the Utah Jazz’s final game before tournaments, they went head-to-head with a Northwest Division rival in the Denver Nuggets.
One night after the Jazz ran away with a win over Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks, the Jazz got solid contributions from guys like Ian Clark, Malcolm Thomas, and Erik Murphy in route to a 87-69 win on Tuesday night.
The Jazz were already a man down heading into the game, as Rudy Gobert was ruled out with a shoulder injury. Gobert’s missing presence was noticeable in the first quarter, as the Jazz struggled to keep the Nuggets out of the paint and off the boards. The Jazz ended the first quarter with a little bit of fight, however, found themselves down by a basket.
The second quarter was really where the Jazz took over the game. The defense stepped up and held the Nuggets to a total of seven points in the quarter, and the offense was a lot more fluid. That effort carried it’s way into the second half, as the game never really got close from there on out.
The Jazz wrapped up Tuesday with a victory, and earned themselves the fifth seed heading into tournament play. Being the fifth seed earns the Jazz a first round bye and will be off on Wednesday.
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