NEW ORLEANS (ABC4 Sports) – After a dismal debut Wednesday night, Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic gave Jazz fans a taste of what is to come this season, as both players shined in a 128-127 preseason loss to New Orleans.
Conley and Bogdanovic combined to go 0 for 14 Wednesday against Milwaukee. But against the Pelicans, Conley scored 13 points and dished 7 assists, while Bodanovic made 5 of 8 shots on his way to 15 points.
Jeff Green led the Jazz with 20 points on 8 of 9 from the field, while Rudy Gobert made all five of his shots to finish with 15 points.
Royce O’Neale added 16 points, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, while Donovan Mitchell poured in 10 points to go along with 7 assists. All five Jazz starters scored in double figures.
The Jazz made 19 of 38 three-pointers and shot 59 percent from the field.
But Utah’s defense could not stop Zion Williamson, who had 26 points for the Pelicans.
The Jazz built a 14-point lead in the third quarter, but rested their main rotation players in the fourth quarter as the Pelicans mounted a comeback.
Former Jazz forward Derrick Favors had two points in 11 minutes in his first game against his former teammates.
The Jazz next host Sacramento in a preseason game on Monday.