SACRAMENTO (ABC4 Sports) – Playing without leading scorer Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz put up a season-high 133 points in a blowout win over the Sacramento Kings Sunday night.
Ricky Rubio scored 23 of his 27 points in the first half, while Rudy Gobert added 18 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists, as the Jazz ended a 3-game losing skid with a 133-112 victory.
Joe Ingles added 18 points, Jae Crowder had 14 and Derrick Favors 11 to help the Jazz snap a three-game losing streak.
Utah won handily despite playing without Mitchell, who sat out with bruised ribs.
“With Donovan out, we got to be more aggressive looking for my shot,” said Rubio, who made 11 of 16 shots. “The ball was going in, but I didn’t force anything, the game came to me. I knew their game plan, we played against them a week ago and I improved from there and got better.”
“I think he knew tonight his scoring was important, but I don’t think he forced himself on the game,” head coach Quin Snyder said about Rubio. “I think he got to the rim as much as anything, I know he made some jumpers, but he was attacking the rim and finishing and that to me was a big part of how he played.”
Four days after losing to the Kings in Salt Lake City, the Jazz bounced back behind a fast start from Rubio then pulled away for their eighth consecutive road win in Sacramento.
Rubio repeatedly got open looks and made 10 of his first 12 shots while scoring 23 points in the first half to help make up for Mitchell’s absence. He finished with five assists and seven rebounds.
Rubio cooled off in the second half after picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter but Utah got a big lift from Gobert and Favors to hold on.
Gobert scored 11 of Utah’s first 13 points in the third quarter, including a pair of thunderous two-hand dunks in a 60-second span. Favors had seven points early in the fourth and made a big block on a baseline drive.
The Kings, playing the second half of a back-to-back, couldn’t keep up. Sacramento was sluggish early and trailed by 28 in the second half.
It was a far different look for coach Dave Joerger’s team, which lost 117-116 at Golden State on Saturday. The Kings were outrebounded 49-36 and went 23 of 31 at the free throw line.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 20 points in his first start this season for Sacramento. Marvin Bagley III added 18 points and six rebounds.
Utah next hosts Indiana Monday night at 7:00 p.m.