MINNEAPOLIS (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz are rolling right now, and everybody is contributing.
Donovan Mitchell scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half, while Ricky Rubio added 18 points with eight assists as the Jazz beat Minnesota for the second straight game, 125-111.
Seven Jazz players scored in double figures, including Rudy Gobert with 17 points, and Joe Ingles and Jae Crowder with 15 points apiece.
“Donovan and me got off to a slow start,” Rubio said. “But in the second half we picked it up. It’s a great win for us. We are in attack mode because our defense is good and we can get stops andwe can run.”
After going 2 of 12 in the first half, Mitchell scored 13 points in the third quarter to help hold off a Minnesota rally and give the Jazz their ninth win in 10 games. Utah shot 71 percent (27 of 38) during the second half for its second victory in three nights over the Timberwolves.
”It was one of those things where it was like my teammates were still backing me,” Mitchell said. ”And then we ran another play for me right out of that. I think that just shows the trust my teammates have in me. ‘The game wasn’t going the way I wanted to offensively, but I wasn’t panicking. Like I said, when you have teammates that back you like that, it’s awesome. It makes it easy.”
Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 35 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 22. Jerryd Bayless had a season-high 19.
Mitchell and Wiggins got hot trading baskets in the third. Minnesota briefly led 83-82 late in the period before Mitchell helped key a 21-9 run. Utah opened the fourth with three straight 3-pointers – two by Kyle Korver and one from Joe Ingles – to rebuild the lead to nine.
Utah led by as many as 14 in the fourth. The Timberwolves pulled within seven multiple times but couldn’t get another big stop on defense.
“There was a big emphisis at halftime about breaking the paint and getting in the lane before we shot, ” said head coach Quin Snyder. “Sometimes those are easier shots, and they’re just shots that you’re more connected on, and they feel better. Usually if it feels better, it is better.”
Mitchell finished 10 of 22 and went 7 for 10 at the foul line.
The Jazz (29-22) next play at Portland Wednesday night.