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“We will be ready” |  Jazz Look to capitalize on Game 5 momentum

It all boils down to this.

After a stunning comeback in which the Utah Jazz scored five points in the final 30 seconds to defeat the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday afternoon, what was a best-of-seven series has now become a best-of-three – which should start Monday night in Dallas. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. MST on TNT.

“We will be ready,” said Jordan Clarkson.

Utah enters Monday night on a high, accomplishing a feat only three other teams have achieved in the past decade in the playoffs. The Jazz overcame a four-point deficit with less than 40 seconds remaining, using a combination of offensive execution and defensive intensity to claim the victory.

While the win tied the series, the way Utah got the win is what means so much more.

After what’s been well documented over the past month, the Jazz have struggled during the clutch — the last five minutes of the game — all year long. More often than not, they were unable to get critical defensive stops while struggling to generate an effective offense — issues that made Utah feel like they had a mental block.

It appeared the Jazz were heading for another heartbreaking loss on Saturday afternoon when Luka Doncic, playing his first game of this series, knocked down a deep three-pointer on Rudy Gobert – giving Dallas a four-point lead with 39, 6 seconds to play.

Not so fast.

Mitchell responded quickly for Utah, grabbing their offensive rebound and setting it up for one-and-one, cutting the deficit to one with 31.2 seconds left. After Dwight Powell missed a pair of free throws with 19.8 seconds left, the Jazz had one more chance to win.

With 11 seconds remaining, one down and the season on hold, Donovan Mitchell and Gobert executed the pick-and-roll to perfection. After being double-teamed, Mitchell found Gobert for an alley-oop dunk, giving the Jazz a lead they would never relinquish.

“He made the right play with the lob. … I just had to finish it,” Gobert said.

“It hasn’t been the best regular season as far as critical time goes for me, but I’m not going to sit there and let that affect how we continue to move forward through the playoffs,” added Mitchell.

In what has become a very even series Monday night, both teams will be nearly complete.

Doncic came back on Saturday and got his feet wet with 30 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. It’s clear the Mavericks are playing differently with him in the roster, so they’ll come in after they’ve had time to adjust with him.

As for the Jazz, they found something special with Bojan Bogdanovic and his defense. His size and strength allowed him to successfully defend Doncic and Jalen Brunson, an ability that could change the outcome of the series.

“He didn’t even tell anyone he was going to do this,” Mitchell said of Bogdanovic. “He just went out there and got on top of himself to defend that way and give that kind of effort. When you see a guy playing like that, you have no choice but to follow. He led by example.”

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