New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The New Orleans Pelicans (4-16) play against the Utah Jazz (6-6) at Vivint Arena

Game Time: 9:00 PM EST on Friday November 26, 2021

New Orleans Pelicans 39, Utah Jazz 45 (Q2 04:09)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
threeee ball 💦
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Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Is it bad that me and Ryan Miller predicted the Jazz to go up by double digits and then IMMEDIATELY allow New Orleans to get right back into the game when the score was 36-32 Utah? – 9:54 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
A lot of sloppiness from Brandon Ingram in this first half. Turkey hangover? – 9:53 PM
Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
NBA power rankings: Significant movement from a number of teams this week as Warriors, Suns and Nets vie for No. 1 while Jazz, Hornets, Celtics and Bucks rise and Wizards, Nuggets, Lakers fall.
sacbee.com/sports/nba/sac…9:50 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Aussie, Aussie, Aussi3 🇦🇺
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Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
The new starting five has worked for New Orleans but the move to the bench was worked for Nickeil Alexander-Walker it seems as well.
That – along with the play of Willy Hernangomez and Kira Lewis – has steadied the Pels’ second unit. – 9:42 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
NAW FOR 3⃣
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Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Video of Jazz center Udoka Azubuike’s serious leg injury for the SLC Stars tonight. Not for the squeamish. pic.twitter.com/9W51E6fbzy9:40 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Kira Lewis with a good first quarter showing. Hit a couple of threes and had a steal. Being aggressive and letting his instincts dictate is what we want to see.
Pelicans trail Jazz 28-23 after one. – 9:37 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
The Jazz lead the Pels 28-23 at the end of the first quarter – 9:37 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 1st: Jazz 28, Pelicans 23
Lewis 6 pts
Valanciunas 3 pts & 4 rebs
NAW 3 pts
Pels fell behind early but got 11 points from the bench to cut the Utah lead down to 5. Jazz are shooting 61.1 percent from the field. – 9:37 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
good ball movement leads to a @Kira Lewis three 👌
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Eric Walden @tribjazz
End 1Q: Jazz 28, Pelicans 23. Was looking for a minute like Utah might start to pull away, but a few late defensive miscommunications yielded some good looks for New Orleans. Bogey with 13p for the Jazz; Kira Lewis with 6 off the bench for the Pels. – 9:37 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
Locked On Jazz listeners — Jazz hold Pelicans under 100 offensive rating in the 1st quarter – 9:36 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Hearing second year Jazz center Udoka Azubuike came down on his ankle in the Stars game tonight and could put no weight on it – 9:32 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
GT with the assist, Willy with the basket 🏀
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Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Eight point lead for the Jazz. Defensively they are getting stop after stop. Bogdanovic has 13 in the first quarter. He’s been terrific lately. Feels like he’s starting to find a rhythm to this season – 9:28 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Bogey checks out at the 3:22 mark with 13 of Utah’s 18 points. – 9:26 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Josh gettin to the basket 💨
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Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Ball movement and offense are pretty much fine so far for Utah. The Jazz are just missing some open looks… – 9:19 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Jazz and Pelicans tied at 10-10 with 7 minutes remaining in the first quarter – 9:18 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Mostly good decision-making and ball movement by the Jazz early. A few good looks that didn’t go in. Still, Bogey has been decisive and effective — 8p on 3-3 shooting. 10-all vs. the Pelicans, 7:00 left 1Q. – 9:18 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Jazz up 10-6 early – 9:15 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Choose your fighter:
🏔 @Mike Conley
🕷 @Donovan Mitchell
🪣 @Royce O’Neale
🇨🇿 @Bojan Bogdanovic
🔮 @Rudy Gobert
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Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
For posterity.
First full football season on the Utah beat has certainly had its moments. pic.twitter.com/8qBbV9N24D8:58 PM

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
UPDATED: Britain Covey was willing to be honest after Utah beat Colorado late this afternoon.
Hearts and minds are looking towards Las Vegas, but everyone was forced to deal with Friday afternoon first.
Utah 28, Colorado 13: sltrib.com/sports/utah-ut…8:50 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Deni Avdija is playing tonight with black tape on his right thumb that wasn’t there on Wed. night against the Pelicans. Doesn’t seem to be bothering him much, though. – 8:44 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Starters:
Devonte’ Graham
Josh Hart
Brandon Ingram
Herb Jones
Jonas Valanciunas
Sticking with the same group as Wednesday. No surprise. – 8:35 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Pelicans starters tonight:
Devonte’Graham
Josh Hart
Brandon Ingram
Herb Jones
Jonas Valanciunas – 8:31 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Starting 5 vs. Utah 🖐
#Pelicans | @Verizon pic.twitter.com/7cz2Bj3esy8:30 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
𝕔𝕠𝕫𝕪 post-turkey day fits
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New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Almost game time! Be sure to download the #Pelicans app to keep up with all of the action.
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Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Mitchell Robinson 2-for-2 is the only Knick starter shooting over 50 percent in the first half. Rest of starters are 8 for 24. – 8:15 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Coach Willie Green speaks with the media ahead of tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz
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Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
One thought, then we write.
No one has gone 9-0 in the Pac-12 South in the 11 years since the league split into North-South. Utah was damn close. Led Oregon State 14-0, had a blocked punt returned for a TD in a 42-34 loss in Corvallis. It’s hard to run the table.
OK, we write. – 8:04 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
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Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Grab the family, heat up those leftovers, and turn on Jazz Pregame on @ATTSportsNetRM 🔜
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New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
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Eric Walden @tribjazz
Royce O’Neale is AVAILABLE tonight for the Jazz.
Jared Butler, Udoka Azubuike, and Elijah Hughes are all OUT (G League assignment). – 7:45 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
UPDATED Jazz Injury Report
*AVAILABLE – Royce O’Neale (right foot/ankle sprain)
OUT – Udoka Azubuike (G League – On Assignment)
OUT – Jared Butler (G League – On Assignment)
OUT – Elijah Hughes (G League – On Assignment) – 7:44 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Willie Green said he expects Devonte’ Graham to play his normal number of minutes tonight vs Utah.
It’ll be his second game back after missing the previous three with left foot soreness. – 7:43 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Out in SLC ❄
#UltraDrip | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/xGrk3wGtrP7:37 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Knicks once again start with Kemba Walker, RJ Barrett, Evan Fournier, Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson. It enters tonight’s game vs. Phoenix as the NBA’s most played 5-man lineup – while being outscored by 15.5 points per 100.
Tonight, though, NYK starts out up 19-15. – 7:20 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Zion Williamson fully cleared for basketball activities, moves toward return nba.nbcsports.com/2021/11/26/zio…7:16 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Hey, look. It’s Mitchell Robinson. – 7:14 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
🎧| Eric Paschall is a 𝘽𝙄𝙂 J. Cole guy
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https://t.co/AgqQSkX2JQ pic.twitter.com/7jcoIaMB097:13 PM

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
NEW: Utah gets it done, but it wasn’t pretty vs. Colorado in a 28-13 win.
Utes finish the regular season 9-3, 8-1 in the Pac-12.
More coming: sltrib.com/sports/utah-ut…7:09 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Pelicans’ Zion Williamson cleared for full basketball activities following foot injury theathletic.com/news/pelicans-…6:56 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Utah could get Tavion Thomas to 1,000 on this drive if they want to keep pressing. – 6:54 PM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
Since that early ambiguity, it does seem Zion has been on a linear path of recovery toward playing. – 6:48 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Utah just opted against a 43-yard field goal, up 15 with 7:39 to go. – 6:48 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
LG today started with Keaton Bills, went to Johnny Maea, and has been Michael Mokofisi for a while now.
Utah is 36-221-1 today. The beat goes on. – 6:46 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
I hate individual +/- but this one seems relevant:
The Pels are +41 in 427 minutes with Herb Jones on the court this season.
They’re -188 in 533 minutes with Herb Jones off the court this season. – 6:41 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Story: Zion Williamson cleared for full practice; still no return timeline but he’s getting closer.
We’ll talk to Willie Green in an hour.
espn.com/nba/story/_/id…6:31 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Fours up at Rice-Eccles.
Utah 28, Colorado 13.
Utes -23.5 is in grave danger. – 6:28 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Zion Williamson is likely on track for a December return after doctor gave him the thumbs up to practice. nola.com/sports/pelican…6:24 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Giving thanks to Jazz Nation for making the bell ring for cancer patients.🔔
#TakeNote | @5forthefight_ pic.twitter.com/fKwWsqYlA66:20 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Listened in on Dwane Casey’s postgame. He’d played Ibaka next to Jonas Valanciunas often in TOR and said that a double-center lineup puts “no limitations” on Ibaka. “He can play with anybody,” Casey said. – 6:17 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Utah is out-gaining Colorado, 337-84, and only leads by 15.
On paper, this is a four-score game and I’m 70% done writing. – 6:13 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
The Pelicans announced Zion Williamson has been cleared for full basketball activities. pic.twitter.com/yyLZcHYrN56:12 PM

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Nice job by Rising.
He took off, defense committed, a little flip to Covey for a 13-yard TD, Rising’s third of the day.
Utah 28, Colorado 13. – 6:10 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Official announcement from the Pelicans on Zion Williamson (recovering from offseason foot surgery) being cleared to participate in full team activities and playing 4-on-4 today.
No return date has yet been established, Pelicans say.
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Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Michael Mokofisi currently at LG for Utah. – 6:08 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Zion Williamson has been cleared to participate in full team activities, Pelicans say. Today, Zion played 4-on-4 full court. His return date is still to be determined. pic.twitter.com/z9dLimtsSX6:07 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Pelicans star Zion Williamson (right foot) has been cleared to participate in full team activities, the club just announced. – 6:05 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Update from MSG: Mitchell Robinson is in, Derrick Rose is out, @Steve Popper is home eating leftovers and couch surfing. – 6:04 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
There’s been an email update about Zion Williamson’a health sent to reporters – 6:04 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Zion Williamson has been cleared by doctors to participate in full team activities, per the Pelicans.
He played in 4-on-4 full court scrimmage today and will continue working towards his eventual return. The date for that return is still TBD. – 6:02 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Pelicans’ Zion Williamson (fractured foot) has been cleared for full basketball activities, team says. – 6:01 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Zion Williamson has been cleared to practice, participate in all team activities, the Pelicans announce. – 6:01 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Zion has been cleared to participate in full team activities
Williamson played 4-on-4 full court today and will continue his progression towards returning to play.
More Info: https://t.co/AHIPFnrrXZ pic.twitter.com/er2u9llVrW6:00 PM

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Tavion Thomas, 12 run.
That’s 18 rushing TDs for Thomas on the season.
He is 19-108-1 today, Utah leads, 21-13. – 5:56 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Utah’s special teams are an abject, five-alarm dumpster fire. – 5:50 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Monty Williams says Abdel Nader is out tonight against the Knicks at MSG. Mitchell Robinson is playing and Derrick Rose is not for the Knicks. – 5:34 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
New Orleans Pelicans in clutch games (within 5 with 5 to play) are 0-8 and shooting 26% and 0% from three going 0 for 11 – 5:31 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Cole Becker, 56 FG
Halftime: Utah 14, Colorado 6.
Utes are in control, but it’s been a bit of a slog. – 5:28 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
No Derrick Rose for the Knicks, per Thibs. Mitchell Robinson is in. – 5:19 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Mitchell Robinson will play. Derrick Rose won’t. – 5:19 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Taj Gibson (groin) OUT Derrick Rose (ankle sprain) OUT and Mitchell Robinson (concussion protocol) IN. #Knicks #Suns5:18 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
That’s one cute baby 👶💘
Congratulations to Odin Siggard, our Nov. 2021 Utah Jazz #BabyDraft Winner!
#TakeNote | @UofUHealth pic.twitter.com/bVfnTTysZK5:18 PM

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Utah is a TD away here from maybe thinking about not trotting out all the starters to start the second half.
Probably not, but maybe. – 5:14 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Utah shook off the Rising interception and the blocked field goal attempt to turn this game into what paper said it was.
One-sided. – 5:09 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
When you realize you still got Thanksgiving leftovers waiting for ya 🙏🤣🦃 pic.twitter.com/aQotagAcS45:04 PM

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
On fourth-and-2 from the Colorado 31, Utah goes and Tavion Thomas picks up 3.
Buffs have not stopped Utah yet, and the special teams are a mess.
Good call. – 5:03 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Utah starting to assume control now.
Devin Lloyd got home to deck Brendon Lewis, then the blitz came on third down before an incomplete pass.
Buffs to punt inside their own 15. – 4:55 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Rising to Brant Kuithe on his second read, 19 yards for the TD.
TJ Pledger for 27 on the previous play set that up.
Utah 7, Colorado 3, early 2Q – 4:49 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
End of one: Colorado 3, Utah 0.
Utes may have had too much tryptophan yesterday. – 4:41 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
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Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Tavion Thomas is a player, Utah’s offensive line is mashing up front on this drive. – 4:22 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Cam Rising sails one into space, picked off by Mark Perry, returned to the Utah 15.
First INT since Oct. 16. – 4:09 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Bad Moon Rising plays as the Utah offense takes the field.
Well-done. – 4:06 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
All 19 Utah players scheduled to participate in senior day indeed walked, so there’s that.
Utes win the toss and will take the rock. Sixth week in a row Cam Rising and Co. open up the game. – 4:04 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Utah has won 18 of 19 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the one loss being last season in the COVID opener.
Utes, 24-point favorites this afternoon, are looking for their fourth undefeated home slate under Kyle Whittingham (2008. 2009, 2019) – 3:58 PM
Utah Jazz @utahjazz
Black Friday has arrived 🖤🖤🖤
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David Locke @DLocke09
It has been a long joke that when Jordan Clarkson came to the Jazz before saying hi to Joe Ingles said “You know that shot at the end of the clock no one wants. I will take it”
Jordan is 3 for 29 on the shot this year. His numbers look at lot better if you take those out – 3:41 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Utah offensive line as warmups come to a close.
LT: Bam Olaseni
LG: Keaton Bills
C: Nick Ford
RG: Sataoa Laumea
RT: Braeden Daniels
Same as last week with Maile out. – 3:38 PM
Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Tavion Thomas is dressed for Utah. – 3:30 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
No #JetLife gear for @treymurphy, says @Devonte Graham 😂
Maybe @SwinCash can help the rook 🙏 pic.twitter.com/qwBz280Rp83:20 PM

Utah Jazz @utahjazz
A very Aussie Thanksgiving 🇦🇺 🤍
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