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Utah Jazz beat Sacramento Kings 103-97 for 9th straight win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The Utah Jazz struggled from long range. They were on at the free-throw line.

Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points, and the Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 103-97 on Saturday night for their ninth straight victory.

Rudy Gobert had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Utah, and Ricky Rubio added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists. The Jazz (40-30) won for the 21st time in their last 23 games.

Sacramento went 14 for 21 from 3-point range, but Utah made 31 of 38 at the line. Gobert went 8 for 10 as six different Jazz players shot at least four free throws.

''That's what we wanted to do,'' Gobert said. ''Put pressure on the rim. We got in the bonus pretty early in the third and the fourth, so we were able to get on the line.''

The free throws helped make up for a disparity on the perimeter. Utah went 6 for 24 from beyond the arc, and Sacramento was 9 for 14 on foul shots.

The Kings (23-48) lost to the Jazz for the third time this season. Buddy Hield scored 23 points, and Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 12.

''When you're shooting well or you're not shooting well, these things come or go throughout the course of the season,'' Kings coach Dave Joerger said. ''It's just like a batting average - you can get hot for a while and then sometimes you're not for a while.''

De'Aaron Fox made a free throw and dunked off a pass from Garrett Temple to rally the Kings into a 94-all tie with 1:11 remaining. But Joe Ingles, Rubio and Gobert each made two free throws to make it 100-94 with about 23 seconds to go.

Temple then made a 3-pointer for Sacramento, but Ingles made another foul shot and Gobert scored to help Utah close it out.

''I don't know how many midrange shots we had, but there weren't many,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''We weren't shooting it from 3 very well, so it became even more important to try to get to the rim, get on the rim or make a play attacking. It was obviously an important part of our offense tonight.''

Ingles finished with 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Fox and Temple each had 11 points for the Kings, who are 5-5 in March.

''Finding our identity is something we're finding late, but it's better to end on a better note,'' Hield said.

TIP-INS

Kings: Hield has made 10 3-pointers over his last two games while shooting 55.6 percent from the perimeter. ... Sacramento scored 15 points off Utah's 10 first-half turnovers. ... The Kings outscored the Jazz 56-15 in bench points.

Jazz: Ingles made three 3-pointers to push his season total to 179, breaking the Jazz record of 178 set by Randy Foye during the 2012-13 season. ... Utah finished with a 48-33 rebounding advantage. ... The Jazz have won their last 16 games when Gobert records a double-double.

BEST DEFENDER?

Gobert is making a case for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. He blocked four shots against the Kings, and Snyder said there isn't a better defensive player in the league right now.

''It's an empirical fact,'' Snyder said. ''Empirical from the standpoint that if you look at every number, he's dominant. Like, not just good, he has been dominant.''

Gobert took it one step further. He feels like he is in a class by himself on defense.

''I don't like to make my own case, but there's nobody that impacts the game defensively like I do in the whole world,'' Gobert said. ''I watch other games and I don't see anyone.''

UP NEXT

Kings: Host the Pistons on Monday

Jazz: Host the Hawks on Tuesday.

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Key Players
Z. Randolph
50 PF
D. Mitchell
45 SG
33.0 Min. Per Game 33.0
19.8 Pts. Per Game 19.8
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
47.5 Field Goal % 43.8
47.5 Three Point % 43.4
78.5 Free Throw % 82.6
  Team rebound 0:00
  Buddy Hield missed driving layup 0:00
+ 2 Rudy Gobert made dunk 0:06
  Offensive rebound by Rudy Gobert 0:06
  Joe Ingles missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:08
+ 1 Joe Ingles made 1st of 2 free throws 0:08
  Personal foul on Garrett Temple 0:08
+ 3 Garrett Temple made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by De'Aaron Fox 0:18
+ 1 Rudy Gobert made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:23
+ 1 Rudy Gobert made 1st of 2 free throws 0:23
  Personal foul on Willie Cauley-Stein 0:23
Team Stats
Points 97 103
Field Goals 37-86 (43.0%) 33-74 (44.6%)
3-Pointers 14-21 (66.7%) 6-24 (25.0%)
Free Throws 9-14 (64.3%) 31-38 (81.6%)
Total Rebounds 45 57
Offensive 3 8
Defensive 30 40
Team 12 9
Assists 23 21
Steals 11 8
Blocks 5 8
Turnovers 13 15
Fouls 30 13
Technicals 0 1
23 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
22 PTS, 13 REB
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away team logo Kings 23-48 2727251897
home team logo Jazz 40-30 32183023103
Team Stats
away team logo Kings 23-48 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Jazz 40-30 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
Key Players
B. Hield SG 13.5 PPG 3.8 RPG 1.9 APG 44.6 FG%
D. Mitchell SG 20.5 PPG 3.7 RPG 3.7 APG 43.7 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Hield SG 23 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
D. Mitchell SG 28 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
43.0 FG% 44.6
66.7 3PT FG% 25.0
64.3 FT% 81.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 26 12 1 2 0 0 0 2 5/17 2/3 0/1 0 1 17 -28
D. Fox 27 11 4 2 4 0 4 2 4/13 0/1 3/4 1 3 19 -18
W. Cauley-Stein 29 9 4 3 2 2 1 6 3/9 0/0 3/4 0 4 22 -15
S. Labissiere 21 7 3 2 1 0 2 4 2/6 1/1 2/2 2 1 13 -14
J. Jackson 19 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 6 -20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Bogdanovic 26 12 1 2 0 0 0 2 5/17 2/3 0/1 0 1 17 -28
D. Fox 27 11 4 2 4 0 4 2 4/13 0/1 3/4 1 3 19 -18
W. Cauley-Stein 29 9 4 3 2 2 1 6 3/9 0/0 3/4 0 4 22 -15
S. Labissiere 21 7 3 2 1 0 2 4 2/6 1/1 2/2 2 1 13 -14
J. Jackson 19 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 0 6 -20
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 28 23 6 6 1 0 2 2 9/15 5/8 0/0 0 6 40 +14
G. Temple 24 11 1 2 1 0 1 3 4/7 3/3 0/0 0 1 16 +15
K. Koufos 18 8 6 2 0 0 1 3 4/7 0/0 0/0 0 6 17 +9
F. Mason III 20 8 6 2 1 0 1 4 3/7 2/3 0/0 0 6 18 +12
J. Sampson 22 6 2 0 1 3 1 4 2/2 1/1 1/3 0 2 11 +15
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cooley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Randolph - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 97 33 23 11 5 13 30 37/86 14/21 9/14 3 30 179 -30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 39 28 2 3 2 0 3 2 11/21 1/8 5/6 0 2 35 +20
R. Gobert 39 22 13 0 0 4 1 2 7/8 0/0 8/10 3 10 38 +19
R. Rubio 34 14 9 5 2 1 3 3 3/9 1/2 7/8 0 9 33 +27
J. Ingles 34 14 7 9 0 0 4 2 4/11 3/8 3/4 1 6 35 +20
D. Favors 24 10 6 1 2 3 0 1 4/8 0/0 2/4 3 3 23 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 39 28 2 3 2 0 3 2 11/21 1/8 5/6 0 2 35 +20
R. Gobert 39 22 13 0 0 4 1 2 7/8 0/0 8/10 3 10 38 +19
R. Rubio 34 14 9 5 2 1 3 3 3/9 1/2 7/8 0 9 33 +27
J. Ingles 34 14 7 9 0 0 4 2 4/11 3/8 3/4 1 6 35 +20
D. Favors 24 10 6 1 2 3 0 1 4/8 0/0 2/4 3 3 23 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crowder 29 11 3 1 1 0 1 0 3/8 1/4 4/4 0 3 16 +8
R. O'Neale 16 2 5 0 0 0 1 2 0/3 0/0 2/2 0 5 6 -19
D. Exum 12 2 1 2 1 0 2 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 0 6 -15
J. Jerebko 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 -15
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Burks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Udoh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Niang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stockton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 103 48 21 8 8 15 13 33/74 6/24 31/38 8 40 194 +30