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Mitchell scores career-high 22, Jazz beat Lakers 96-81

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) His Utah Jazz teammates had been waiting for athletic rookie Donovan Mitchell to show off his explosiveness in a game. They finally got it Saturday night when the No. 12 overall draft pick caught an offensive rebound with one hand, behind his head and slammed it home in the same motion with Lonzo Ball looking up from the ground and the crowd going wild.

Mitchell scored a career-high 22 points and the Jazz held on for a 96-81 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

The victory broke a two-game losing streak for the Jazz.

''I haven't caught a dunk like that in a long time, so it was kind of crazy,'' Mitchell said. ''It was kind of surreal.

''I've been struggling the last few games offensively. Defensively, I've been playing well, but as a young kid, it gets in your head that you're not scoring that much.''

The Jazz jumped out to a 21-7 lead thanks to a 16-3 run highlighted by a floater from Mitchell after he pump-faked Ball and got to his spot with a eurostep. The Lakers, however, hung around throughout the night and made it a game in the fourth quarter, but never led.

Ricky Rubio scored a season-high 21 points, had seven rebounds and four assists for the Jazz while Derrick Favors had his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Mitchell's corner 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining gave the Jazz a 91-79 lead and put the game away.

''I thought that we were gritty,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''I like that we shot 31 3s. We had one less turnover than last game, so showed improvement on that.

''The game became different when they started switching everything in pick-and-roll. That's something we need to learn how to attack better. ... Guys just have to have courage to drive to the basket. ... There were times when we were questioning ourselves in those situations.''

Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 16 points and Jordan Clarkson put up 15 off the bench. Ball, the No. 2 overall draft pick, finished with nine points, two rebounds and four assists - the rebounds and assists were season lows.

''We are still trying to find our identity still,'' Ball said. ''We are trying to run and some of the possessions are getting caught in the half court and we are just standing. So it comes with practice. We have to figure it out in practice and transition to the game.

''I think I had nine points, four assists, something like that. It's not enough.''

Utah cruised through the second quarter before the Lakers found some momentum in the third and cut the lead to eight points thanks to nine third-quarter points from Ingram. Mitchell put together one of the best stretches of his young career to push the lead back to 75-64 at the end the quarter. He had an old school three-point play, the monstrous rebound dunk and a 3 from the top of the arc in just over 2 minutes.

An 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter cut the Jazz lead to 77-72, but the Lakers were never quite able to get over the hump.

''I think the little things hurt us down the stretch,'' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. ''They executed a little better than we did down the stretch. They hit that offensive glass, that is a big team.

''It wasn't our guys not fighting. I thought our guys did a good job of fighting they had some big second opportunities that hurt. They made more shots than we did at the end of the day.''

TIP-INS

Lakers: Rookie Kyle Kuzma played his first game back in Salt Lake City after spending three years at the University of Utah. He went to his favorite breakfast spot and saw his former barber before the game. ... The Lakers shot 5 for 22 from 3-point range.

Jazz: Snyder wants more aggression from Rodney Hood as the team needs his scoring having lost Gordon Hayward and George Hill. Hood had a game-high nine attempts in the first half. ... Rudy Gobert had his worst statistical game of the season with six points and eight rebounds.

ROUGH FOR ROOKIES

Ball has started all six games for the Lakers and Mitchell has started three and been the first guard off the bench for the Jazz. Both entered the game struggling with their shot as Ball was shooting 31.3 percent and Mitchell 25.0 percent.

Walton talked about the challenges rookies face.

''No. 1, the size, strength and quickness of everybody in this league,'' Walton said. ''No. 2, the 3-point line is further back. Teams scout much more in depth in the NBA. And the schedule is crazy for these guys.

''Any rookie that can contribute in the NBA is impressive. ... If you're a rookie and can get anything done at this level consistently, it's impressive.''

UP NEXT

Lakers: Host Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

Jazz: Host Harrison Barnes and the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.

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Key Players
L. Ball
2 G
R. Gobert
27 C
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
14.4 Pts. Per Game 14.4
1.2 Ast. Per Game 1.2
11.4 Reb. Per Game 11.4
31.1 Field Goal % 67.3
32.9 Three Point % 68.2
55.6 Free Throw % 70.6
  Lost ball turnover on Lonzo Ball 0:12
+ 3 Ricky Rubio made 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
  Offensive foul on Larry Nance Jr. 0:47
  Offensive foul on Larry Nance Jr. 0:47
+ 2 Joe Ingles made driving layup 0:47
  Out of bounds turnover on Brandon Ingram 1:07
  Offensive foul on Rudy Gobert 1:17
  Offensive foul on Rudy Gobert 1:17
+ 2 Kyle Kuzma made floating jump shot, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 1:31
  Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr. 1:35
  Lonzo Ball missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:37
Team Stats
Points 81 96
Field Goals 31-81 (38.3%) 37-79 (46.8%)
3-Pointers 5-22 (22.7%) 13-31 (41.9%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 9-13 (69.2%)
Total Rebounds 46 56
Offensive 14 14
Defensive 25 35
Team 7 7
Assists 17 18
Steals 12 9
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 16 21
Fouls 20 20
Technicals 0 3
15 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
21 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
1234T
away team logo Lakers 2-4 1629191781
home team logo Jazz 3-3 3125192196
Team Stats
away team logo Lakers 2-4 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Jazz 3-3 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
Key Players
B. Ingram F 16.1 PPG 5.3 RPG 3.9 APG 47.0 FG%
D. Mitchell G 20.5 PPG 3.7 RPG 3.7 APG 43.7 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Ingram F 16 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
D. Mitchell G 22 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
38.3 FG% 46.8
22.7 3PT FG% 41.9
70.0 FT% 69.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Ingram 33 16 1 2 4 1 4 2 7/14 1/2 1/4 0 1 22 -24
L. Ball 35 9 2 4 2 0 5 2 3/10 3/6 0/0 1 1 16 -19
K. Caldwell-Pope 28 7 3 1 2 0 2 1 2/11 0/5 3/5 0 3 12 -20
B. Lopez 17 6 3 0 0 2 1 4 2/7 0/2 2/2 1 2 10 -9
L. Nance Jr. 31 5 10 2 2 1 3 4 1/3 0/1 3/4 5 5 19 -17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Ingram 33 16 1 2 4 1 4 2 7/14 1/2 1/4 0 1 22 -24
L. Ball 35 9 2 4 2 0 5 2 3/10 3/6 0/0 1 1 16 -19
K. Caldwell-Pope 28 7 3 1 2 0 2 1 2/11 0/5 3/5 0 3 12 -20
B. Lopez 17 6 3 0 0 2 1 4 2/7 0/2 2/2 1 2 10 -9
L. Nance Jr. 31 5 10 2 2 1 3 4 1/3 0/1 3/4 5 5 19 -17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Clarkson 20 15 4 2 0 0 0 1 7/12 0/1 1/1 1 3 23 +2
K. Kuzma 22 9 3 3 1 0 0 1 4/10 1/3 0/0 1 2 19 -4
J. Hart 16 6 2 0 1 0 0 0 2/4 0/1 2/2 0 2 9 +7
J. Randle 18 6 7 2 0 0 0 4 2/7 0/0 2/2 3 4 17 +3
C. Brewer 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 +5
T. Ennis 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +4
A. Bogut 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 3 -3
V. Blue - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Zubac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Caruso - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 81 39 17 12 4 16 20 31/81 5/22 14/20 14 25 154 -75
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Rubio 32 21 7 4 1 0 5 3 6/13 4/7 5/6 3 4 32 +8
D. Favors 29 14 10 1 1 1 4 2 7/11 0/1 0/0 3 7 24 +8
R. Hood 28 13 3 2 0 0 3 2 5/14 3/7 0/0 0 3 17 +4
J. Ingles 31 13 5 4 3 0 0 3 5/12 3/7 0/0 1 4 29 +25
R. Gobert 35 6 8 0 0 3 1 3 3/5 0/0 0/2 3 5 16 +22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Rubio 32 21 7 4 1 0 5 3 6/13 4/7 5/6 3 4 32 +8
D. Favors 29 14 10 1 1 1 4 2 7/11 0/1 0/0 3 7 24 +8
R. Hood 28 13 3 2 0 0 3 2 5/14 3/7 0/0 0 3 17 +4
J. Ingles 31 13 5 4 3 0 0 3 5/12 3/7 0/0 1 4 29 +25
R. Gobert 35 6 8 0 0 3 1 3 3/5 0/0 0/2 3 5 16 +22
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 27 22 3 2 3 0 5 5 9/16 3/6 1/1 2 1 27 +17
T. Sefolosha 14 4 5 0 0 1 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 5 10 -5
A. Burks 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 2/2 0 1 3 -4
J. Johnson 18 1 3 4 1 0 3 0 0/2 0/2 1/2 0 3 10 +7
E. Udoh 12 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 2 6 -7
J. Jerebko - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. O'Neale - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Wolters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 96 49 18 9 5 21 20 37/79 13/31 9/13 14 35 174 +75