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Jazz vs Warriors: Ricky Rubio inflicts the worst defeat of the Kerr era to the champions

The Utah Jazz arrive launched to the first ‘playoffs’ in the NBA career of Ricky Rubio. The Salt Lake City team will land in qualifying with morale after inflicting the Warriors the worst loss of the season (and the worst since Steve Kerr is on the bench) to prevail by a convincing 119-79.

A victory that allows the Utah franchise to ascend to the podium of the Western Conference and reach the final day of the regular season depending on itself to finish in third place and secure the court factor (they sign a 28-13 so far ) in the first round of the ‘playoffs’.

Donovan Mitchell again knocked loudly on the doors of the Rookie of the Year award that seemed assured for Ben Simmons and with another performance for the memory disarmed the current NBA champions. The rookie scored 22 points and set a new record for a rookie with 186 triples in a season.

Next to Mitchell stood out the good party of Ricky Rubio, that goes lubricating the machinery for his first presence in postseason. The Spanish base concluded with 13 points to score five of 10 in field goals, including a triple. In addition he captured five rebounds, distributed five assists and stole three balls in 20 minutes of play.

The Jazz, who had up to six players with double digits in scoring, took the lead very early in the game and with a partial of 18-3 in the first quarter they took an income (24-9) that would be final and that would end up blurring to some Warriors that soon sank the knee and who got to lose by 45 points during the second half.

Klay Thompson was the best of the Californians with 23 points, while Kevin Durant barely stayed at 13 in the Warriors’ worst loss since Kerr took the reins of the team. The current NBA champions finished with a poor 35% in field goals and added their 24th defeat of the season.

In contrast, the Jazz end the season in top form with six consecutive victories and may finish third if they beat the Blazers in the direct match against them in Portland on the final day. If those of Quinn Snyder fall in Oregon they would have to wait for third-party results to be fourth, but they could never get down from fifth place.

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