Mitchell scores 26 to help Jazz beat Nets 114-106
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 12, 2017 01:03 PM
Donovan Mitchell NBA file photo
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points, including four in the final minute, to lead the Utah Jazz to a 114-106 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Without Rudy Gobert, who sat with a bruised knee, Derrick Favors had season-highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Jazz snapped their four-game losing streak.
After trailing by 12 with 3:52 to play, DeMarre Carroll led a last-gasp comeback with six quick points to pull Brooklyn to 108-104, but Mitchell hit two free throws and had a sensational tip-in to clinch the victory.
The Jazz have been one of the few holdouts in the new small-ball era in the NBA, as they usually feature two non-stretch big players. With Gobert sidelined, Utah often had just one interior player on the floor and it worked.
It also didn't hurt that the Nets were finishing a five-game road trip and a back-to-back.
D'Angelo Russell scored 26 points for the Nets but limped to the locker room with 2:35 to play and did not return. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 19 points and Carroll finished with 15.
The Nets led 25-20 in first quarter before the Jazz went on the kind of burst they've seldom managed this season. Hood broke out of a recent shooting slump with 14 points in a Utah's 25-4 run.
Hood, who had shot just 27 percent in his last five games, made a three-pointer with 7:58 before halftime that gave the Jazz a 45-29 advantage.
Mitchell also bounced back from going 8 for 35 in his last two games to shoot 10 for 18 and come up big in the clutch.
The Nets lost 3-of-5 on their trip.
Nets: Trevor Booker returned after missing four games with a sore lower back and supplied his typical intensity, scoring 12 points and picking up a technical in the second quarter. ... Coach Kenny Atkinson said before the game, "We've won a couple of road games, and now the next step is, can we perform better on a back-to-back. We'll see." ... The Nets still haven't won consecutive road games since the 2015-16 season.
Dove for the ball right... https://t.co/0xnXZVy2eG— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) November 11, 2017
Jazz: After Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) game, Gobert tweeted a video of the play, saying, "Dove for the ball right..." and also told reporters he thought Dion Waiters crashing into his knee was a dirty play. ... The Jazz haven't topped the 50-percent mark for field goal percentage in a game since the opener against Denver but came close with a 48.2 percent.
Nets: Finally return home to host the Celtics on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Jazz: Host the Timberwolves on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) for their eighth home game in their last nine.