SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 21 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz clinched a playoff berth with a 121-115 overtime win 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.
The Jazz won their fourth straight game at home after holding Memphis without a basket for the first 4 1/2 minutes of overtime. It was a much-needed victory for a Utah team that had just suffered its sixth straight road loss, a game where it blew a 21-point lead over Golden State.
“A week ago we were probably not winning this game, not winning in overtime,” Gobert said. “There is a confidence and a communication that we had, an intensity that we had throughout the course. You have a chance to win every night when you do this.
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 pain) and Dillon Brooks (right hip pain) were both inactive. The same injury has sidelined Morant since mid-March. Their absence did not prevent the Grizzlies from producing big baskets at the end of the fourth quarter.
“For the most part, I think our guys did a pretty good job against the No. 1 offense in the league,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “We held on.”
Jackson made a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of regulation time and Kyle Anderson airballed Bane on a 3-pointer before the buzzer to force overtime. Mitchell went 1 for 2 from the free throw line with 5.6 seconds on the clock and the Jazz led 109-108.
“After overtime, it would have been very easy to (feel) defeated,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “It was the exact opposite.”
Utah went ahead for good when Mitchell and Gobert scored on back-to-back possessions to help the Jazz take a 119-113 lead. Memphis scored its only basket in overtime on Bane’s runner with 27.5 seconds left.
“The resilience was good,” Jackson said. “I pushed him to overtime. We were good defensively. Offensively random, but they’re a good team.
Utah built a 30-19 lead a minute into the second quarter after Clarkson and Mike Conley capped a 10-1 run with straight 3s.
Memphis erased the double-digit deficit just before halftime. The Grizzlies tied the game on a Bane corner 3 and took a 50-48 lead on a pair of Jackson free throws with 7.2 seconds left in the half.
Bane scored four baskets in 3½ minutes after halftime to help propel Memphis to a 68-57 lead. The second-year guard had 12 points in the third quarter alone. With Bane leading, the Grizzlies hit six of their first nine shots in the second half.
Utah regained a 91-83 lead early in the fourth quarter behind a 21-7 run fueled by three baskets and three assists from Clarkson. Danuel House, Jr. capped the rise with a four-point play and an alley-oop dunk.
Grizzlies: Jackson finished with three blocks, passing Pau Gasol for the franchise single-season record. Jackson has an NBA-best 172 blocks this season. … Steven Adams led Memphis in rebounds (13) and assists (8). Adams’ assist total tied his season high.
Jazz: Clarkson beat the first quarter buzzer with a reverse backdoor layup and Gobert beat the halftime buzzer with an alley-oop dunk. … Rudy Gay returned to Utah’s rotation after recording a DNP-CD in consecutive games. Gay played 13 minutes and finished with two points on 1-of-4 shooting. … Conley had eight assists.
Utah finished with a 61-51 rebound advantage. Gobert tied his season high in his second straight game with 20 or more boards. Even with garish numbers, there wasn’t a one-man wrecking crew on the glass.
Seven of the nine Jazz players who played had at least four rebounds against a Grizzlies team that leads the league in rebounding.
“It’s a team that’s historically good at defensive rebounds,” Gobert said. “I think we did a good job the whole game to keep them out of the glass. It’s five guys, not one. It takes five guys to do that.
The Jazz played only their second overtime game of the season, improving to 2-0. Utah also improved to 2-0 when tied after three quarters. The Jazz and Grizzlies were tied at 83 going into the fourth quarter.
Grizzlies: Visit the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.
Jazz: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.