SALT LAKE CITY – Donovan Mitchell scored a season-high 39 points and the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-108 Friday night.
Mitchell added six rebounds and five assists as he returned after an absence of two games due to a sprain in his back. Bojan Bogdanovic added 24 points and 12 rebounds, Jordan Clarkson chipped in 20 points and Rudy Gobert added 14 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.
Utah went 35 of 41 from the penalty throw line.
Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards scored 26 points in his return after a six-match absence due to health and safety protocols. Malik Beasley added 22 points to the Timberwolves.
After Patrick Beverley hit a good 3-pointer a minute into the fourth quarter, the Jazz scored 22 unanswered points to pull away from the Timberwolves. Mitchell ignited the race with back-to-back curves and scored 12 points during the outburst. Gobert and Mitchell finished it off with a back-to-back curve that gave Utah a 113-92 lead with 5:51 left.
Utah built a 13-point lead at the break and went up 63-50 by knocking down 3-pointers and repeatedly getting to the free-throw line.
Jazz made seven outside curves – four of which came from Mitchell – and shot 54% from the perimeter before the break. Utah also shot 22 of 26 on free throws in the first half. Bogdanovic and Gobert each had eight free-throw attempts, which equates to Minnesota’s total free-throw attempts in the first two quarters.
Minnesota rallied in the third quarter, erasing Utah’s lead. Jaden McDaniels finished a 12-2 run with a walk-on jumper that gave the Timberwolves a 79-78 edge. Edwards and Naz Reid each scored a couple of baskets to boost the sprint.
Timberwolves: Jordan McLaughlin had a season-high three steals, all in the first quarter. … Jaylen Nowell has collected 11 assists in his last two matches. … Edwards and Nowell made mistakes in the fourth quarter.
Jazz: Joe Ingles (lumbar strain), Mike Conley (rest) and Eric Paschall (personal reasons) were out of the game for Utah. Ent Trent Forrest started his first career. Forrest finished with four points, three rebounds and three assists. … Hassan Whiteside did not return after a break due to concussion-like symptoms. Clarkson inadvertently hit Whiteside across the face during a second-quarter collision.
Minnesota: In the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Utah: Host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
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