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Mitchell has 28 points, Jazz top Trail Blazers 112-103 in OT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Faith became the keyword in Quin Snyder's postgame press conference. The Utah Jazz coach talked about his faith in rookie Donovan Mitchell, his faith in Ricky Rubio and his faith in his team.

Mitchell scored a career-high 28 points and the Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-103 in overtime Wednesday night.

The game was tight throughout, with 17 lead changes and 14 ties - and neither team ever leading by double-digits.

''The game wasn't real fluid for either team offensively early on,'' Snyder said. ''We hung in there and didn't get discouraged. As the game progressed, were much more aggressive.

''You have faith in someone when they're not playing well. That's what we have to have in this team.''

The Jazz ran their offense through Mitchell in overtime and he didn't disappoint. The No. 12 overall pick accounted for the first six Utah points with a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and Rudy Gobert's two free throws that Mitchell set up with a pass to the cutting big man.

''I didn't think it would happen this fast,'' Mitchell said. ''It was definitely surreal. Plays ran for me, just a matter of hitting the shots.''

Rubio, who finished with a season-high 30 points, buried a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 30.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Jazz a seven-point lead and put the game away.

The two Utah guards were fantastic down the stretch after the Jazz struggled on the offensive end.

''Each thing has to be better and a little bit sharper,'' Blazers guard Damian Lillard said. ''We can take pressure off each other by screening a little bit better, throwing better passes on time and on target.

''I think part of it is our execution. We've got to get to our spots, we've got to scrape for each other, we've got to sprint and make hard cuts and just be strong with the ball.''

Lillard put the Blazers on his shoulders in the fourth quarter, but was kept in relative check in overtime. The two-time All Star finished with 33 points, and Jusuf Nurkic had a season-high 19 points.

The Blazers cleared out for Lillard on the final possession of regulation, but Gobert blocked his floater as time expired.

''When you have a six-point lead, or whatever we had, with two or three minutes to go,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said, ''you've got to make the plays to hold the lead and come out with a win. We didn't do that.''

TIP-INS

Blazers: Portland entered the game ranked No. 6 in the league allowing 98.3 points per game. Stotts said that's been the focus this season and their effectiveness has been more mental that schematic. ... Portland shot a season-low 26.5 percent from 3-point range.

Jazz: Rodney Hood was 0 for 11 two days after scoring a season-high 25 points. He was benched down the stretch. ... Thabo Sefelosha scored a season-high 15 points. ... The Jazz reserves outscored their Blazers counterparts 54-20. ... Gobert finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

BUDDING FRIENDSHIP

Lillard and Mitchell have become friends in the last year and text regularly. Lillard said he liked Mitchell's game at Louisville and noticed that he wore Lillard's Adidas signature shoe. He texted Mitchell congratulations after the draft and had hoped the rookie would slide to Portland in the draft. The two went head-to-head on numerous occasions throughout the night.

''Love going head to head with a guy who loves to compete,'' Mitchell said. ''It was kind of crazy how all that came out. ... You learn from stuff like that in big moments. It felt like he was coasting all game and I looked at the score and he had 33.''

NO JOE

Jazz forward Joe Johnson is out at least two weeks with right wrist instability. Jonas Jerebko, who had only played four minutes in the first seven games, checked in early in the first quarter and will see more time in the rotation.

''Jonas is going to play, we need him to play,'' Snyder said. ''As the game goes on, we've had to feel (out) the game. There isn't clarity. It's not hockey. We don't just sub rote. ... The game is going to dictate minutes for our team for the majority of the guys.''

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Host No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

Jazz: Host Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 G
R. Rubio
3 G
33.3 Min. Per Game 33.3
15.7 Pts. Per Game 15.7
7.3 Ast. Per Game 7.3
4.9 Reb. Per Game 4.9
40.5 Field Goal % 43.7
38.4 Three Point % 43.5
89.8 Free Throw % 91.9
  Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell 0:09
  CJ McCollum missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
+ 1 Ricky Rubio made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Ricky Rubio made 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on Evan Turner 0:17
  Out of bounds turnover on Damian Lillard 0:23
  Offensive rebound by Damian Lillard 0:23
  Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:28
+ 3 Ricky Rubio made 3-pt. jump shot 0:31
+ 2 Maurice Harkless made layup 0:46
  Offensive rebound by Maurice Harkless 0:46
Team Stats
Points 103 112
Field Goals 37-93 (39.8%) 34-90 (37.8%)
3-Pointers 9-34 (26.5%) 13-29 (44.8%)
Free Throws 20-27 (74.1%) 31-36 (86.1%)
Total Rebounds 61 63
Offensive 11 10
Defensive 42 45
Team 8 8
Assists 17 16
Steals 8 9
Blocks 8 8
Turnovers 17 14
Fouls 25 21
Technicals 1 2
33 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST
28 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
1234OTT
away team logo Trail Blazers 4-4 201930259103
home team logo Jazz 5-3 2217253018112
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 4-4 111.6 PPG 48.8 RPG 21.0 APG
home team logo Jazz 5-3 106.8 PPG 43.1 RPG 24.3 APG
Key Players
D. Lillard G 26.9 PPG 5.0 RPG 6.0 APG 44.5 FG%
R. Rubio G 12.9 PPG 3.5 RPG 6.1 APG 39.1 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Lillard G 33 PTS 10 REB 8 AST
R. Rubio G 30 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
39.8 FG% 37.8
26.5 3PT FG% 44.8
74.1 FT% 86.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 43 33 10 8 2 1 5 3 12/27 4/15 5/5 2 8 57 +1
J. Nurkic 34 19 11 2 1 3 2 5 9/18 0/1 1/4 3 8 36 +2
C. McCollum 41 16 10 2 0 0 6 2 6/20 2/8 2/3 0 10 24 +2
A. Aminu 31 8 6 0 0 1 0 2 2/6 2/4 2/4 3 3 15 +14
M. Harkless 27 7 2 1 1 0 0 3 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 1 12 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 43 33 10 8 2 1 5 3 12/27 4/15 5/5 2 8 57 +1
J. Nurkic 34 19 11 2 1 3 2 5 9/18 0/1 1/4 3 8 36 +2
C. McCollum 41 16 10 2 0 0 6 2 6/20 2/8 2/3 0 10 24 +2
A. Aminu 31 8 6 0 0 1 0 2 2/6 2/4 2/4 3 3 15 +14
M. Harkless 27 7 2 1 1 0 0 3 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 1 12 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Davis 17 7 4 0 0 2 1 3 2/4 0/0 3/4 1 3 12 -9
E. Turner 36 6 6 1 4 1 2 4 3/7 0/2 0/0 0 6 17 -21
N. Vonleh 13 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/3 0/0 3/3 1 0 5 -8
P. Connaughton 18 2 3 3 0 0 0 3 0/4 0/2 2/2 0 3 11 -20
M. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Napier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 103 53 17 8 8 17 25 37/93 9/34 20/27 11 42 189 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Rubio 36 30 5 1 2 0 4 4 8/17 3/6 11/11 1 4 35 +4
R. Gobert 38 16 10 1 0 3 2 2 5/9 0/0 6/9 2 8 29 0
J. Ingles 35 7 8 5 0 2 4 2 3/10 1/5 0/0 1 7 23 -4
D. Favors 27 5 5 0 0 0 0 3 2/4 0/0 1/2 3 2 10 -11
R. Hood 19 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 0/11 0/1 0/0 0 2 8 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Rubio 36 30 5 1 2 0 4 4 8/17 3/6 11/11 1 4 35 +4
R. Gobert 38 16 10 1 0 3 2 2 5/9 0/0 6/9 2 8 29 0
J. Ingles 35 7 8 5 0 2 4 2 3/10 1/5 0/0 1 7 23 -4
D. Favors 27 5 5 0 0 0 0 3 2/4 0/0 1/2 3 2 10 -11
R. Hood 19 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 0/11 0/1 0/0 0 2 8 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 34 28 6 3 0 0 2 4 9/21 4/10 6/7 2 4 38 +14
T. Sefolosha 28 15 9 2 3 1 1 2 4/10 2/3 5/5 0 9 31 +24
J. Jerebko 20 8 7 2 0 0 0 2 2/3 2/3 2/2 0 7 19 +17
A. Burks 14 3 1 0 1 0 0 1 1/4 1/1 0/0 0 1 5 +4
E. Udoh 9 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 4 +1
R. O'Neale - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Wolters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 260 112 55 16 9 8 14 21 34/90 13/29 31/36 10 45 202 +45