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Gobert has 21 points, 17 rebounds as Jazz beat Magic 94-80

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) About a decade ago, Rudy Gobert looked up to French countryman Evan Fournier, and there was no question who was the better player.

A night after Gobert hosted Fournier and Nikola Vucevic for dinner at his home, it's clear the Utah center rules the court.

Gobert had 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Jazz over the Orlando Magic 94-80 on Monday night.

''It's always fun to play against Evan, one of my best friends,'' Gobert said of his teammate with the French national club. ''He's a very competitive guy.''

Fournier was the star when they were teenagers, but Gobert has grown in height and talent. Against Orlando, he made 9 of 10 attempts, mixing in a jumper with mostly dunks and one-handers around the rim. And then there's his defense.

''Rudy in the paint is kind of the center of the whole defense and it puts a lot of pressure on us guards to really finish or make good decisions,'' Fournier said.

Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and Joe Ingles added 18 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Jazz, who have won three in a row and 15 of 17. Still, the Jazz sit 1 1/2 games outside the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

''I don't see us not making the playoffs,'' Gobert said. ''We went through a lot with injuries ... and now we got a groove that's good enough to not only make the playoffs but do something in the playoffs.''

Vucevic had 15 points - most coming from the perimeter outside Gobert's reach, including three 3s - and 12 rebounds while Aaron Gordon had 13 points for the Magic, who had their modest two-game winning streak stopped.

Utah's Derrick Favors was a late scratch because of neck spasms in pregame warmups, so Jonas Jerebko stepped in and scored 12 points. Ricky Rubio also had 12 points.

Knowing Gobert was patrolling the paint behind them, the Jazz were able to drive shooters off their preferred spots and close out on 3-point attempts. Utah wasn't hot from long range either, but they got a lot of easy shots at the rim.

''We had great looks, great open looks early and even late, but we just weren't hitting them,'' Mitchell said. ''But our defense kind of pushed us through. That's always been our staple and we'll take a defensive win over an offensive win any day.''

After Orlando averaged 111 points in wins over the Pistons and Grizzlies, the Magic shot just 34 percent.

''That's why they're an elite defense,'' Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. ''(Gobert) deters everything at the rim and everybody else stays home, so the extra passes weren't always there.''

Powered by Ingles' hot long-range shooting, the Jazz went on a 12-0 run toward the end of the second quarter and led 54-44 at the half.

TIP-INS

Magic: The Jazz raced to a 9-0 lead to open the game but the Magic bounced back with 10 straight points. ... Gordon and Fournier both shot 4 for 18. ... Orlando's bench outscored the Jazz reserves, 26-12.

Jazz: Utah posted an 11-15 record when Gobert was out with injuries this season, but have a 15-4 record since the big Frenchman returned. ... Not known to say much to the officials, Utah coach Quin Snyder had to be held back by his assistants, got two technicals and was tossed with 52.9 seconds left in the game. ... Ingles had 16 points in the first half. ... The Jazz outrebounded the Magic 48-36.

KILLER INSTINCT?

As they did against Minnesota and Sacramento, the Jazz frittered away a big second-half lead and had to quell a rally to win. Utah led by 16 points in the third quarter only to have the Magic battle back within 80-73 midway through the fourth quarter. But Mitchell, as has become his habit, took over in the clutch time and scored seven points down the stretch.

UP NEXT

Magic: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

Jazz: Visit Indiana on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
N. Vucevic
9 C
D. Mitchell
45 SG
32.6 Min. Per Game 32.6
19.9 Pts. Per Game 19.9
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
49.7 Field Goal % 43.8
49.9 Three Point % 43.7
78.6 Free Throw % 83.9
  Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert 0:12
  Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:16
+ 2 Ricky Rubio made jump shot 0:26
  Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles 0:41
  Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:47
  Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:47
+ 1 Evan Fournier made free throw 0:52
+ 1 Evan Fournier made free throw 0:52
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:52
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 0:52
  Personal foul on Donovan Mitchell 0:52
Team Stats
Points 80 94
Field Goals 29-85 (34.1%) 36-73 (49.3%)
3-Pointers 11-34 (32.4%) 10-31 (32.3%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 12-18 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 47 55
Offensive 6 6
Defensive 30 42
Team 11 7
Assists 18 23
Steals 7 8
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 14 15
Fouls 19 22
Technicals 0 4
15 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST
18 PTS, 7 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Magic 20-44 2915231380
home team logo Jazz 34-30 2529202094
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 20-44 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Jazz 34-30 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
Key Players
N. Vucevic C 16.5 PPG 9.2 RPG 3.4 APG 47.5 FG%
R. Gobert C 13.5 PPG 10.7 RPG 1.4 APG 62.2 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Vucevic C 15 PTS 12 REB 3 AST
R. Gobert C 21 PTS 17 REB 0 AST
34.1 FG% 49.3
32.4 3PT FG% 32.3
78.6 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Vucevic 32 15 12 3 0 1 5 4 6/11 3/3 0/0 0 12 29 -18
A. Gordon 32 13 6 1 0 0 1 3 4/18 1/6 4/4 2 4 20 -14
E. Fournier 32 12 2 2 0 0 0 3 4/18 2/10 2/2 0 2 18 -10
D. Augustin 28 10 1 5 1 0 4 0 4/6 2/4 0/0 0 1 18 -12
J. Simmons 28 4 1 2 1 0 0 5 1/3 0/1 2/4 0 1 10 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Vucevic 32 15 12 3 0 1 5 4 6/11 3/3 0/0 0 12 29 -18
A. Gordon 32 13 6 1 0 0 1 3 4/18 1/6 4/4 2 4 20 -14
E. Fournier 32 12 2 2 0 0 0 3 4/18 2/10 2/2 0 2 18 -10
D. Augustin 28 10 1 5 1 0 4 0 4/6 2/4 0/0 0 1 18 -12
J. Simmons 28 4 1 2 1 0 0 5 1/3 0/1 2/4 0 1 10 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Hezonja 20 10 3 0 2 0 1 2 4/9 2/6 0/0 0 3 14 -4
S. Mack 20 8 2 3 1 0 3 1 2/6 1/2 3/4 1 1 14 -4
B. Biyombo 15 6 6 1 0 1 0 0 3/8 0/0 0/0 2 4 15 +4
W. Iwundu 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -1
J. Isaac 17 0 3 1 2 2 0 0 0/5 0/2 0/0 1 2 9 0
A. Afflalo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Speights - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ross - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Artis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Birch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 80 36 18 7 4 14 19 29/85 11/34 11/14 6 30 149 -70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gobert 37 21 17 0 1 2 2 3 9/10 0/0 3/6 3 14 39 +22
D. Mitchell 40 19 5 4 1 1 1 4 6/16 1/7 6/8 0 5 33 +17
J. Ingles 38 18 7 8 3 1 2 2 7/15 4/8 0/0 0 7 43 +15
J. Jerebko 20 12 4 0 1 0 0 1 4/6 3/5 1/2 1 3 17 +12
R. Rubio 35 12 4 8 1 0 2 5 6/9 0/2 0/0 0 4 31 +16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gobert 37 21 17 0 1 2 2 3 9/10 0/0 3/6 3 14 39 +22
D. Mitchell 40 19 5 4 1 1 1 4 6/16 1/7 6/8 0 5 33 +17
J. Ingles 38 18 7 8 3 1 2 2 7/15 4/8 0/0 0 7 43 +15
J. Jerebko 20 12 4 0 1 0 0 1 4/6 3/5 1/2 1 3 17 +12
R. Rubio 35 12 4 8 1 0 2 5 6/9 0/2 0/0 0 4 31 +16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crowder 27 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 1/9 0/4 2/2 0 1 5 +4
A. Burks 5 3 3 0 0 0 2 1 1/3 1/2 0/0 1 2 4 -5
R. Neto 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 3 -3
R. O'Neale 17 2 2 2 0 0 3 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 2 5 0
E. Udoh 10 0 5 0 1 3 1 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 8 -8
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Favors - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Niang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 94 48 23 8 7 15 22 36/73 10/31 12/18 6 42 188 +70