Mitchell nets 20, Gobert adds 18 as Jazz beat Spurs 139-105
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 05, 2018 12:44 PM
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, drives around San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, rear, in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
By Matthew Coles, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points and Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Utah Jazz defeated the San Antonio Spurs 139-105 Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Kyle Korver scored 15 points in his first home game since he returned to the Jazz, and Derrick Favors added 14 points as Utah won for the first time at home in nearly a month. The Jazz beat Boston 123-115 on Nov. 9 (Nov. 10, PHL time), but have been on the road much of the season and haven't found a rhythm at home.
Jakob Poeltl scored a career-high 20 points for the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 16 points for San Antonio, which fell to 1-13 when Aldridge fails to reach the 20-point mark.
The Spurs cut their deficit to 67-53 early in the third quarter, but less than three minutes later Mitchell and Ingles hit back-to-back three-pointers and the Jazz moved out to an 84-59 advantage.
The Jazz haven't been cashing in on their three-point chances this season.
Utah traded Alec Burks and two second-round draft picks to Cleveland for Korver, who made his first home appearance to a loud ovation. Korver, who played for the Jazz from 2007-10, shot 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and scored 15 points in 15 minutes, helping to space the floor for his teammates.
Utah had season bests in shooting from inside (60.7 percent) and outside the arc (60.6 percent) as they scored 139 points for the first time this season.
The Jazz improved to 3-6 at home. No team has played as many road games as the Jazz, who have gone 9-7 away from Salt Lake City.
RUDY IS JUST FINE
The NBA fined Gobert $15,000 for publicly criticizing the officiating after his team's 102-100 loss to the Heat on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in Miami.
Gobert fouled Heat guard Dwyane Wade with 3.2 seconds left in the game, and the guard's two free throws gave Miami the win.
"I just want it to be consistent at one point. ... If you call something one way, you have to call it the other way," Gobert said after the loss.
Before the game against the Spurs, Utah coach Quin Snyder offered to split the fine with his center — just this once.
Gobert, who had three blocks and changed several Spurs' shots, played aggressively from the start and didn't engage the officials all game.
Spurs: The lack of aggressiveness showed as the Spurs attempted only six free throws through three quarters. ... Poeltl, who played collegiately at Utah, made his first six field goal attempts. ... The Spurs managed just two fast-break points to Utah's 13.
Jazz: In the third quarter, Ingles tried to lob a pass to Gobert and swished it from 22 feet. ... Utah had 38 assist on 51 baskets. ... The Jazz went 17-for-20 from the free-throw line, their best mark since the third game of the season.
Spurs: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Jazz: Host the Houston Rockets on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).