Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) and Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (27) vie for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool) | AP

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Utah Jazz restarted the 2019-20 season on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans. It was a huge relief to be on the court again and to play meaningful basketball, no matter how weird the situation in the NBA’s bubble. But, there was still a door open that had to wait until Saturday to be closed.

On March 11, the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder became linked in a way that no other two teams would when, moments before tip off in Oklahoma City, Utah center Rudy Gobert’s COVID-19 diagnosis set the wheels in motion for the suspension of the NBA season and the eventual birth of the bubble.

On Saturday, those two teams finally took the floor, this time at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World, to play the game that never happened.

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