SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The streak lives on.
Without starting point guard Ricky Rubio for the second straight game, the Utah Jazz rallied from being down 13 points in the fourth quarter to extend their winning streak to ten games with a 101-99 thrilling victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points, including a go-ahead pull-up jumper with 39.2 seconds left, and the Jazz continue their longest winning streak in nine years.
Mitchell hit a pair of go-ahead baskets and a free throw to give the Jazz the lead in the final minute after they trailed by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter. Joe Ingles added 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Utah. Derrick Favors had 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Jazz (29-28) moved above .500 for the first time in more than two months.
“This is one of those games where you’re fortunate to win,” said Jazz head coach Quin Snyder. “You have to catch some breaks and we just continued to compete is all it comes down to. When you do that, you put yourself in position where you catch a break.”
“Guys digging in defensively, offensively, making big shots, sharing the ball,” said Derrick Favors, who had 19 points and 7 rebounds. “Communicating, playing hard, keeping the Spurs off the boards, rebounding, pushing the ball in transition, it was a good team win for us.”
“I just told the guys we got to win this game,” said Rudy Gobert, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds. “Just keep doing the right thing, don’t worry about the officials, play strong and share the ball. We grinded it out every possession and got back in the game.”
Kyle Anderson scored 16 points and Pau Gasol had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Spurs, who lost to Utah for the third time this season.
San Antonio went ahead 83-70 on a pull-up jumper by Bryn Forbes with 9:29 remaining. The Jazz chipped away before Mitchell hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 87 with 4:53 left. The teams traded baskets from there until Mitchell sealed it in the final minute.
Utah used a 20-4 run in the second quarter to take its largest first-half lead at 54-42. San Antonio cut the lead in half before halftime on layups by Gasol and Anderson.
In the third quarter, the Spurs used an 11-1 run to go back in front. Davis Bertans buried a 3-pointer to put San Antonio up 66-61.
The Jazz made 11 of 19 shots (57.9 percent) in the second quarter but just 4 of 22 attempts (18.2 percent) in the third.
The Jazz will try to extend their winning streak to 11 Wednesday night in their final game before the all-star break against Phoenix.