SACRAMENTO (ABC4 Sports) – Donovan Mitchell scored eight of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Utah Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 98-91 on Saturday night.
Rudy Gobert had another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz. Ricky Rubio added 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Derrick Favors scored 15 to lead Utah to its fifth consecutive win in Sacramento.
“I thought we played hard,” said Jazz head coach Quin Snyder. “We got a couple leads, and gave it back to them, frankly. We’ve just got to maintain a certain level throughout the course of the game and stay at that level.”
The Jazz, who beat Minnesota on Friday, have back-to-back victories for the first time since their 11-game winning streak was snapped by Portland on Feb. 23. They have now won 14 of their last 16 games overall.
Mitchell has now eclipsed the 20-point mark for the 32nd time this season.
“I think it’s just ball movement,” Mitchell said. “Moving the ball and staying connected with each other, I think we’re slowly getting it back to where we were before the break.”
Sacramento trailed by 18 in the third quarter but pulled to 95-89 following De’Aaron Fox’s three-point play with 49.9 seconds left.
Rubio made one free throw and Mitchell sank two to help Utah hold on.
Skal Labissiere had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento. Fox scored 17 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 15.
The Kings have lost four of five since the All-Star break.
The Jazz closed the first quarter on a 13-4 run capped by Jae Crowder’s 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left, then pulled away in the second.
Gobert dribbled through a pair of Sacramento defenders for a dunk, and Joe Ingles followed with a 3-pointer to put Utah up 45-27.
“I think we did a good job,” Gobert said. “There were a few stretches when we didn’t move the ball very well, but for the most part, we attacked the rim and we found open shots.”
While the Jazz made just 41 percent of their shots from the field, they held the Kings to just 38 percent shooting. Utah outrebounded Sacramento, 52-48.
The Jazz improve to 33-30 on the season, and still trail Denver by two games for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Utah next hosts Orlando Monday night.