Mitchell, Gobert lead Jazz past Nets, 114-98
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 17, 2019 11:55 AM
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, and guard Donovan Mitchell (45) slap hands during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
By John Coon, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Rudy Gobert added 23 points and 17 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the Brooklyn Nets 114-98 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Derrick Favors had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz. Jae Crowder and Ricky Rubio added 12 points apiece as Utah won its third straight game, holding Brooklyn to 35 percent shooting and finishing with a 65-44 advantage on rebounds.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points and D'Angelo Russell added 20 for Brooklyn. The Nets dropped their second in a row after winning four straight.
Utah got untracked late in the first quarter after enduring a sluggish start. The Jazz missed eight of their first 10 shots, but then made seven consecutive baskets to surge ahead. Gobert fueled the 17-2 run with a pair of dunks and a layup. Kyle Korver chipped in pair of three-pointers and the Jazz led 28-21 after one quarter.
Utah opened the second quarter with a 12-2 run to extend its lead to 40-23. Korver and Raul Neto capped off the decisive run with back-to-back baskets.
Utah eventually led by as many as 20 points before halftime. The Jazz went up 55-35 on back-to-back baskets from Mitchell.
The Nets took a 19-11 lead on a three-pointer from Rodions Kurucs but then missed 12 straight shots over a six-minute stretch spanning the first and second quarters. Brooklyn shot 29 percent from the field in the first half.
The Jazz built their largest lead in the third quarter after scoring on seven consecutive possessions. Gobert accounted for four baskets and Mitchell had three, including a step-back jumper that finished off the run and gave Utah a 75-49 lead midway through the quarter.
Nets: Allen Crabbe sat out with a sore right knee while Shabazz Napier missed a second straight game with right hamstring tightness. ... Jarrett Allen did not make a basket in a game for the first time this season. Allen scored four points, but missed his only shot attempt.. Brooklyn scored 24 points off 15 Utah turnovers.
Jazz: Thabo Sefolosha was sidelined with left hamstring tightness. . Georges Niang finished with 10 points, his second game of the season scoring in double figures. ... Utah outscored Brooklyn 48-38 in the paint.
Jazz: Visit Washington on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Nets: Visit the Clippers on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).