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Rubio, Jazz, spoil Davis triple-double, 116-99

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ricky Rubio isn't fretting over the fact that the Utah Jazz remain narrowly outside the Western Conference playoff picture despite winning 18 of 20 games.

''Of course, we pay attention'' to the standings, Rubio began. ''But we don't have to worry about it. We know that our game took another level and we just believe that we can make it, just being us.''

Rubio had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Utah overcame Anthony Davis' first career triple-double for a 116-99 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday that extended the Jazz's winning streak to six.

''I just try to play aggressive. In the first half the shots fell down, especially the 3s, and I felt confidence and I kept attacking,'' said Rubio, who connected on four of five 3-point shots. ''I'm playing with a lot of confidence and I felt good.''

Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points, including 15 during the last 3:08 of the third quarter to put Utah in front for good in what could be an important victory in a tightly packed race for one of the Western Conference's final five playoff spots. Rudy Gobert added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Joe Ingles scored 20 for Utah, which has won 11 straight on the road.

Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks in his return from a sprained left ankle that sidelined him for one game, but he had to spend the rest of his 25th birthday ruing New Orleans' second straight loss. Davis also was critical of his 9-of-22 shooting and the fact he didn't force Utah to foul him much, earning just six free throws.

''We lost, so I don't really care about no career-high or anything like that,'' Davis said. ''I've just got to play better. I shot terrible from the field. We missed a lot of easy layups - a ton of them. I didn't get to the line as much as I normally do.

''I've got to do a better job moving without the basketball, getting my teammates open. There is a lot I could have done better,'' Davis added.

Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans, but missed 12 of 19 shots and turned the ball over four times.

New Orleans still had hope after E'Twaun Moore's transition layup as he was fouled pulled the Pelicans to 104-97 with 3:10 left, but New Orleans managed only two more points as Utah pulled away.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Have won three of four matchups this season. ... Held an opponent under 100 for the 30th time, and is 25-5 in such games. ... Gobert recorded his 22nd double-double this season and 10th in 13 games. ... Mitchell scored 20 or more for the 34th time, more than any other rookie. ... Utah shot 12 of 32 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range and outrebounded New Orleans 55-38, with 17 offensive rebounds. ... Jae Crowder missed 10 of 11 shots, but his only make was a 3 in the fourth quarter that gave Utah an 84-78 lead.

Pelicans: Davis' 10 blocks in a game are a franchise record and he tied his own franchise mark with six blocks in one half. ... Ian Clark scored 14 in a reserve role. ... Emeka Okafor scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting. ... Moore had 10 points. ... Shot 6 of 21 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range.

SUDDEN SURGE

Mitchell had only two points before his 15-point outburst at the end of the third helped the Jazz turn a five-point deficit into a four-point lead. Although Holiday had made it tough for Mitchell to get off good shots for much of the first three quarters, Mitchell said he figured he had to be more aggressive about scoring with his team trailing in the second half.

''Your mindset starts changing a little bit - and we all understood as a team how much this game meant,'' Mitchell said.

Mitchell's highlights during that surge included a stumbling reverse layup past Davis as he was fouled by Holiday, which he converted for a three-point play. He also hit two 3s, the last making it 78-74 with 2 seconds left in the period.

''It tells you a lot about him. A rookie could say this wasn't his night and just give up,'' Rubio said. ''Actually, he won the game for us in that stretch.''

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host Detroit on Tuesday night.

Pelicans: Host Charlotte on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
D. Mitchell
45 SG
A. Davis
23 PF
36.5 Min. Per Game 36.5
28.1 Pts. Per Game 28.1
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
11.1 Reb. Per Game 11.1
43.6 Field Goal % 53.4
43.4 Three Point % 53.6
84.2 Free Throw % 82.9
  Team rebound 0:08
  Jae Crowder missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:08
  Defensive rebound by Rudy Gobert 0:31
  E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:31
+ 1 Rudy Gobert made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:38
+ 1 Rudy Gobert made 1st of 2 free throws 0:38
  Shooting foul on Cheick Diallo 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Joe Ingles 0:57
  Ian Clark missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:57
+ 3 Donovan Mitchell made 3-pt. jump shot 1:06
  Offensive foul on Cheick Diallo 1:25
Team Stats
Points 116 99
Field Goals 40-96 (41.7%) 41-93 (44.1%)
3-Pointers 12-32 (37.5%) 6-21 (28.6%)
Free Throws 24-25 (96.0%) 11-13 (84.6%)
Total Rebounds 65 46
Offensive 17 10
Defensive 38 28
Team 10 8
Assists 24 28
Steals 4 7
Blocks 3 14
Turnovers 15 13
Fouls 20 25
Technicals 0 0
30 PTS, 10 REB, 7 AST
25 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST
1234T
away team logo Jazz 37-30 29193038116
home team logo Pelicans 38-28 2328232599
Team Stats
away team logo Jazz 37-30 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
home team logo Pelicans 38-28 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
Key Players
R. Rubio PG 13.1 PPG 4.6 RPG 5.3 APG 41.8 FG%
A. Davis PF 28.1 PPG 11.1 RPG 2.3 APG 53.4 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Rubio PG 30 PTS 10 REB 7 AST
A. Davis PF 25 PTS 11 REB 3 AST
41.7 FG% 44.1
37.5 3PT FG% 28.6
96.0 FT% 84.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Rubio 34 30 10 7 0 0 5 4 10/22 4/5 6/6 3 7 49 +15
D. Mitchell 41 27 3 4 1 0 2 2 10/21 3/10 4/4 0 3 37 +25
J. Ingles 36 20 3 5 1 0 4 1 7/11 3/6 3/4 0 3 30 +10
R. Gobert 39 19 16 3 0 2 1 2 5/13 0/0 9/9 4 12 42 +24
D. Favors 18 6 7 3 0 0 0 3 3/4 0/0 0/0 4 3 19 +7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Rubio 34 30 10 7 0 0 5 4 10/22 4/5 6/6 3 7 49 +15
D. Mitchell 41 27 3 4 1 0 2 2 10/21 3/10 4/4 0 3 37 +25
J. Ingles 36 20 3 5 1 0 4 1 7/11 3/6 3/4 0 3 30 +10
R. Gobert 39 19 16 3 0 2 1 2 5/13 0/0 9/9 4 12 42 +24
D. Favors 18 6 7 3 0 0 0 3 3/4 0/0 0/0 4 3 19 +7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Neto 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 6 -7
J. Crowder 32 5 4 0 0 1 1 3 1/11 1/7 2/2 1 3 9 +22
R. O'Neale 15 3 6 0 2 0 0 2 1/7 1/3 0/0 2 4 11 +2
J. Jerebko 11 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 2 3 -9
E. Udoh 5 0 3 2 0 0 2 3 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 1 5 -4
E. McCree 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Burks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Niang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 116 55 24 4 3 15 20 40/96 12/32 24/25 17 38 211 +85
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 40 25 11 3 3 10 2 1 9/22 1/4 6/6 2 9 53 -10
J. Holiday 39 18 6 10 2 1 4 5 7/19 3/6 1/2 2 4 43 -11
E. Okafor 18 11 6 0 0 1 1 0 5/6 0/0 1/1 2 4 17 -14
E. Moore 28 10 2 1 0 0 1 4 4/10 1/2 1/1 1 1 13 -10
R. Rondo 23 4 3 8 0 0 2 2 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 21 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 40 25 11 3 3 10 2 1 9/22 1/4 6/6 2 9 53 -10
J. Holiday 39 18 6 10 2 1 4 5 7/19 3/6 1/2 2 4 43 -11
E. Okafor 18 11 6 0 0 1 1 0 5/6 0/0 1/1 2 4 17 -14
E. Moore 28 10 2 1 0 0 1 4 4/10 1/2 1/1 1 1 13 -10
R. Rondo 23 4 3 8 0 0 2 2 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 21 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Clark 25 14 2 0 0 0 0 4 6/11 0/1 2/3 0 2 16 -9
D. Miller 32 11 3 4 1 1 1 3 5/9 1/4 0/0 2 1 23 -12
N. Mirotic 18 4 4 2 1 0 0 3 2/9 0/3 0/0 1 3 13 +4
C. Diallo 5 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -6
D. Liggins 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -8
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lemon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 99 38 28 7 14 13 25 41/93 6/21 11/13 10 28 201 -85