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Jazz beat Timberwolves 116-108 in game featuring 3 ejections

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) In a game peppered with heated emotions and hard fouls, Rudy Gobert turned in one his finest performances of the season.

Gobert scored a season-high 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked four shots to help the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Friday night in a game that featured three ejections.

His dominance around the basket spread throughout the team. Utah finished with a 46-27 advantage on the glass. The Jazz also outscored the Timberwolves 19-0 in second-chance points and held them to a season-low two offensive rebounds.

Gobert, who returned from injury in mid-January, is averaging 14.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over his last 18 games. He was aggressive Friday from the opening tip.

''The mindset he had was the reason that he had so much success on both ends of the floor,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''I thought his offensive rebounding was as good as it's been this season, particularly after getting in foul trouble early. He was able to come back and really stabilize us defensively and play without fouling and still have an impact.''

Donovan Mitchell also scored 26 points for the Jazz. Jae Crowder - who was thrown out not long after jawing with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau - and Derrick Favors added 15 points apiece.

Utah (32-30) beat Minnesota for the first time this season.

Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points and Jeff Teague added 25 before getting ejected for a flagrant foul on Ricky Rubio in the Timberwolves' second straight loss.

Karl-Anthony Towns finished with just 13 points after picking up two technical fouls and getting ejected before halftime. Without him in the middle, the Timberwolves had no answer for Gobert.

''The rebounding, I thought, was a problem the whole game,'' Thibodeau said. ''It was a big concern going into the game. But I thought our guys kept fighting. Obviously when you lose (Towns), you're losing your best rebounder. But they kept battling. I thought we had a shot down the stretch and then we had some tough breaks.''

Utah closed the first half on a 20-6 run stretching over the final 3:49. Gobert and Joe Ingles combined to score off dunks on three straight possessions to fuel the run and Mitchell buried a step-back jumper to finish it off and give the Jazz a 56-45 halftime lead. Towns was ejected with 23 seconds left in the second quarter after picking up his second technical foul for complaining to the officials.

The Timberwolves did make a run behind some strong third-quarter play from Teague. He took a steal in for a dunk and buried a jumper on back-to-back possessions as Minnesota closed to 70-66.

Teague's jumper made it 94-92 but Crowder buried a 3-pointer and Mitchell followed with back-to-back baskets to fuel an 11-2 run that gave Utah a 105-94 lead with 5:20 remaining.

''We're treating every game like it is the same,'' Mitchell said. ''But going 0-2 against these guys, you don't want to go 0-3. That was our mentality.''

Teague was ejected when he chased down a dribbling Rubio and knocked to him the ground with his shoulder. Injured Wolves All-Star Jimmy Butler tweeted that Teague's play was what he liked to see .

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Taj Gibson played 39 minutes after leaving in the third quarter of Thursday's 108-99 loss to Portland with a left hip contusion. He finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. ... Minnesota went 9 of 17 (.529) from 3-point range.

Jazz: Gobert racked up his 18th double-double of the season before halftime. He totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds, along with two blocks, in the first half. .. Crowder has scored in double figures in all seven games he's played with Utah so far. He's averaging 13.3 points off the bench.

ROAD WOES

Minnesota's struggles away from home continued. Since the start of January, the Timberwolves are just 2-13 in road games. They won 11 of their first 19 road contests this season.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Boston on Thursday.

Jazz: Visit Sacramento on Saturday.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
D. Mitchell
45 SG
32.3 Min. Per Game 32.3
19.6 Pts. Per Game 19.6
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
54.7 Field Goal % 43.9
54.6 Three Point % 43.5
86.5 Free Throw % 83.4
+ 3 Andrew Wiggins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyus Jones 0:19
  Defensive rebound by Tyus Jones 0:24
  Joe Ingles missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:27
  Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert 0:43
  Andrew Wiggins missed 3rd of 3 free throws 0:45
  Team rebound 0:45
  Andrew Wiggins missed 2nd of 3 free throws 0:45
  Andrew Wiggins missed 1st of 3 free throws 0:45
  Team rebound 0:45
+ 1 Tyus Jones made free throw 0:45
+ 1 Tyus Jones made free throw 0:45
Team Stats
Points 108 116
Field Goals 38-74 (51.4%) 40-78 (51.3%)
3-Pointers 9-17 (52.9%) 9-29 (31.0%)
Free Throws 23-31 (74.2%) 27-35 (77.1%)
Total Rebounds 35 55
Offensive 2 11
Defensive 25 34
Team 8 10
Assists 14 21
Steals 9 7
Blocks 0 5
Turnovers 12 18
Fouls 24 21
Technicals 4 2
25 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
26 PTS, 16 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 38-28 24213231108
home team logo Jazz 32-30 23332931116
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 38-28 101.6 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.4 APG
home team logo Jazz 32-30 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
Key Players
A. Wiggins SF 15.8 PPG 5.2 RPG 2.0 APG 44.1 FG%
R. Gobert C 13.2 PPG 10.7 RPG 1.0 APG 65.5 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Wiggins SF 27 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
R. Gobert C 26 PTS 16 REB 1 AST
51.4 FG% 51.3
52.9 3PT FG% 31.0
74.2 FT% 77.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Wiggins 34 27 3 1 1 0 4 3 10/19 4/4 3/8 1 2 29 +6
J. Teague 25 25 4 2 2 0 2 3 9/15 2/4 5/8 0 4 33 -2
K. Towns 20 13 4 0 1 0 1 1 4/6 1/1 4/4 0 4 17 -11
T. Gibson 39 12 4 3 1 0 0 4 6/8 0/0 0/0 0 4 23 -6
N. Bjelica 45 12 4 1 1 0 2 4 3/8 2/4 4/4 1 3 17 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Wiggins 34 27 3 1 1 0 4 3 10/19 4/4 3/8 1 2 29 +6
J. Teague 25 25 4 2 2 0 2 3 9/15 2/4 5/8 0 4 33 -2
K. Towns 20 13 4 0 1 0 1 1 4/6 1/1 4/4 0 4 17 -11
T. Gibson 39 12 4 3 1 0 0 4 6/8 0/0 0/0 0 4 23 -6
N. Bjelica 45 12 4 1 1 0 2 4 3/8 2/4 4/4 1 3 17 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Jones 24 11 4 2 2 0 1 3 3/5 0/1 5/5 0 4 20 -9
G. Dieng 18 6 4 1 0 0 0 2 2/6 0/1 2/2 0 4 12 -2
J. Crawford 28 2 0 4 1 0 2 2 1/7 0/2 0/0 0 0 9 -8
M. Georges-Hunt 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
A. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Butler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aldrich - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Muhammad - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 108 27 14 9 0 12 24 38/74 9/17 23/31 2 25 160 -40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gobert 35 26 16 1 1 4 1 3 7/9 0/0 12/14 3 13 48 +10
D. Mitchell 39 26 4 2 1 0 3 3 10/18 2/8 4/5 0 4 32 +10
D. Favors 25 15 7 1 1 0 0 2 7/8 0/1 1/2 4 3 25 +1
R. Rubio 31 13 5 7 1 0 3 4 3/8 0/2 7/8 1 4 30 +23
J. Ingles 34 11 3 4 3 0 5 1 4/8 3/5 0/0 1 2 20 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gobert 35 26 16 1 1 4 1 3 7/9 0/0 12/14 3 13 48 +10
D. Mitchell 39 26 4 2 1 0 3 3 10/18 2/8 4/5 0 4 32 +10
D. Favors 25 15 7 1 1 0 0 2 7/8 0/1 1/2 4 3 25 +1
R. Rubio 31 13 5 7 1 0 3 4 3/8 0/2 7/8 1 4 30 +23
J. Ingles 34 11 3 4 3 0 5 1 4/8 3/5 0/0 1 2 20 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crowder 28 15 3 1 0 0 2 5 6/15 3/9 0/0 0 3 18 +14
J. Jerebko 11 5 4 1 0 0 0 1 2/7 0/2 1/2 2 2 11 -8
R. O'Neale 16 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 1/3 1/1 0/0 0 1 9 -8
A. Burks 11 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 0 2 4 -3
R. Neto 6 1 0 1 0 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 0 0 -11
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Udoh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Niang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 116 45 21 7 5 18 21 40/78 9/29 27/35 11 34 197 +40