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“Some Nights The Ball Doesn’t Go In” | Utah Goes Cold Late In The Fourth Quarter, Falls 105-98 To Philadelphia

Simply put, there was too much Joel Embiid on Sunday night.

Playing the second end of their back-to-back, the Jazz had no answer for Embiid as they lost to Philadelphia 105-98.

“Thanks to Philly. … They played well and Embiid played a great game,” said Jazz head coach Will Hardy. “We had a few moments where we could have taken control of the game but we didn’t. … Some nights the ball just doesn’t go in.”

Utah had numerous chances in the fourth round, but exhaustion set in as Utah didn’t have much on their feet in the final five minutes of regulation. One of the best clutch teams in the league, the Jazz got many of the shots they wanted but couldn’t see the ball go through the hoop.

“This game wasn’t representative of how we wanted to play,” Hardy said. “We controlled the tempo early on, made good decisions. … When the game went on, it didn’t go on.”

While the Jazz may be tired from their long road trip, Malik Beasley seemed rejuvenated after giving birth to his daughter a few nights ago. After losing 16 points against Washington on Saturday, he added 18 points to his high of the season on Sunday.

He was electric from beyond the arc, shooting 4 of 10 from deep. He grabbed four rebounds and gave two assists for the entire game.

Lauri Markkanen finished the season with a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double, his fifth. Once again, he was efficient on offense as one of Utah’s main options, shooting 6 of 13 from the floor and 2 of 5 from beyond the arc.

With both teams playing last night, it didn’t take long for both teams to find a rhythm. The Jazz started 3-of-7 from beyond the arc to take a 13-6 lead early in the first. Behind Joel Embiid’s game, the 76ers fought back to take a one-point lead with less than a minute left — but five straight points from Utah gave them a 30-26 lead.

Talen Horton-Tucker started the second quarter with five quick points, but Philadelphia responded and reduced the deficit to three. But a 10-2 run in Utah, cut short by a Beasley three-pointer, gave the Jazz a 45-34 advantage mid-quarter.

Once again, the 76ers kept coming back from behind Embiid’s game as Utah led 57-51 at halftime.

Much like Saturday night, the Jazz struggled early in Game 3 when turnovers led to a quick 7-0 run for the 76ers. But Utah kept fighting, capitalizing on another 10-2 run to forge a four-point lead late on. Philadelphia would react again, taking the game to fourth place on 78 points.

The fourth quarter was like a heavyweight showdown, with teams trading punches.

Embiid was still unstoppable, but the Jazz were able to respond with a very balanced attack from anywhere. With both teams exhausted, Philadelphia clung to victory.

Kelly Olynyk added 14 points and six rebounds while Jordan Clarkson added 12 points, five rebounds and three assists. Collin Sexton added 15 points off the bench while Walker Kessler had nine rebounds and three blocks.

Embiid finished with a career-high 59 points and added 11 rebounds, eight assists and seven blocks — one of the greatest individual performances of the decade.

Utah finally returns home Tuesday night to take on the New York Knicks. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. MST.

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