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Mitchell, Exum lead Jazz past Grizzlies, 107-97

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Dante Exum has always been known for his speed.

But the Utah point guard says the game has slowed down for him and that's made all the difference.

''I'm playing slower. People are saying I'm super quick but I've slowed down and do it in bursts ... instead of going 100 miles per hour all the time,'' Exum said.

Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points and Exum had a season-high 21 to lead the Jazz over the Memphis Grizzlies, 107-97 on Friday night.

The Jazz clung to a 96-91 lead in the fourth quarter before Exum made a short jumper and then used his speed to make a layup and put the game out of reach.

''(Exum) was huge in that last quarter. He had to get to the rim and make plays for other guys,'' said Joe Ingles, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds playing the point.

Exum showed strong defense and was just one short of his career best as he shot 8 of 10 in the absence of Ricky Rubio.

''He was great on both ends. He made plays, stayed active and was a spark off the bench,'' Jazz center Rudy Gobert said.

Royce O'Neale added 13 points for the Jazz, who are jockeying for playoff position in the Western Conference.

''It was a tight game but I got a steal and an and-1 and then (Exum) got a steal and some layups. We bring a lot of energy and had the momentum swing our way,'' O'Neale said.

Marc Gasol missed just one shot - a long 3-pointer - in scoring 28 points, but didn't play in the fourth quarter when the Grizzlies may have needed him the most.

''We'd like our young guys to get better,'' J.B. Bickerstaff said regarding leaving the veteran Gasol on the bench for the final 16 minutes of the game.

MarShon Brooks had 24 points after scoring a team-high 21 points Wednesday against the Trail Blazers in his first NBA game since April 16, 2014. He is averaging more than a point a minute during his 10-day contract.

In each of their last two home games - losses to lowly Atlanta and a depleted Boston squad - the Jazz failed to score a basket in the final 2:25 and gave up leads down the stretch.

This time, Exum, in just his eighth game after preseason shoulder surgery, made sure the Jazz didn't need to sweat it.

''It was good to have a game like that after all I've gone through this season. It obviously boosted my confidence a lot,'' Exum said.

The Jazz swept the season series with the Grizzlies, 3-0.

Gasol made his first eight shots, including four 3-pointers. The Memphis center gave the Grizzlies a 64-60 lead in the third quarter with two more jumpers beyond the arc after his first miss of the game. Memphis trailed by as many as 17 in the first half.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Memphis scored 14 points in the first quarter, matching Oklahoma City's output on Oct. 21 for the lowest of the season for a Utah opponent. ... Then, Gasol scored 13 by himself in the second quarter. ... Ben McLemore got a technical foul for pushing Rudy Gobert after a play with 7:36 remaining.

Jazz: Rubio missed the game with a sore left hamstring. The Jazz are 4-1 without Rubio this season. ... Mitchell is 18 of 68 from 3-point range the past eight games. ... Utah made only 15-of-26 free throws.

STUCK ON THE BENCH

Gasol was having one of his best shooting games of his illustrious NBA career when he sat for what he thought would be a brief rest with 4:01 left in the third quarter. ''The ball went through the hoop. Guys found me when I was open. Obviously, once you get in a little bit of rhythm, it's harder to stop,'' Gasol said. When asked why he didn't return to the court, he shrugged and said, ''Ask them,'' deferring to the coaching staff.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER?

Since replacing David Fizdale on Nov. 27, Bickerstaff has a 14-43 record as an interim coach. ''Obviously, not knowing the future is always difficult. But this group of guys has been great to coach because they've never made me feel like a substitute teacher. Everything we've asked them to do, they've bought into,'' Bickerstaff said. ''I've never felt like they've been trying to maneuver around me or go above me. They've just done what we've asked them to do.''

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Continue their trip at Portland on Sunday night.

Jazz: Visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday afternoon.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
D. Mitchell
45 SG
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
20.3 Pts. Per Game 20.3
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
42.0 Field Goal % 43.4
41.7 Three Point % 43.2
83.3 Free Throw % 81.3
+ 1 MarShon Brooks made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
+ 1 MarShon Brooks made 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
  Personal foul on Royce O'Neale 0:21
  Team rebound 0:21
  MarShon Brooks missed jump shot 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Ivan Rabb 0:33
  Royce O'Neale missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:37
  Defensive rebound by Dante Exum 0:48
  Ivan Rabb missed jump shot 0:51
+ 3 Royce O'Neale made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Joe Ingles 1:02
+ 2 MarShon Brooks made layup 1:16
Team Stats
Points 97 107
Field Goals 39-81 (48.1%) 40-74 (54.1%)
3-Pointers 9-23 (39.1%) 12-31 (38.7%)
Free Throws 10-15 (66.7%) 15-26 (57.7%)
Total Rebounds 43 49
Offensive 7 7
Defensive 26 31
Team 10 11
Assists 24 24
Steals 8 7
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 13 15
Fouls 21 19
Technicals 1 0
28 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 21-55 1433292197
home team logo Jazz 43-33 29232827107
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 21-55 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Jazz 43-33 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
Key Players
M. Gasol C 17.2 PPG 8.1 RPG 4.2 APG 42.0 FG%
D. Mitchell SG 20.5 PPG 3.7 RPG 3.7 APG 43.7 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Gasol C 28 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
D. Mitchell SG 22 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
48.1 FG% 54.1
39.1 3PT FG% 38.7
66.7 FT% 57.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 23 28 3 2 1 0 3 3 11/12 6/7 0/0 1 2 33 +4
D. Brooks 26 10 5 0 0 0 1 1 5/12 0/3 0/0 1 4 14 -4
J. Martin 29 6 1 4 0 0 3 2 3/8 0/0 0/0 0 1 12 -2
K. Simmons 25 6 3 5 3 0 0 5 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 2 22 +6
J. Green 20 2 6 0 0 1 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 5 8 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 23 28 3 2 1 0 3 3 11/12 6/7 0/0 1 2 33 +4
D. Brooks 26 10 5 0 0 0 1 1 5/12 0/3 0/0 1 4 14 -4
J. Martin 29 6 1 4 0 0 3 2 3/8 0/0 0/0 0 1 12 -2
K. Simmons 25 6 3 5 3 0 0 5 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 2 22 +6
J. Green 20 2 6 0 0 1 1 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 5 8 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Brooks 18 24 1 2 2 0 1 0 8/13 1/2 7/7 1 0 30 +2
B. McLemore 23 8 4 1 1 1 0 3 4/10 0/2 0/0 0 4 16 -10
W. Selden Jr. 23 8 1 2 0 0 1 1 2/7 2/5 2/2 0 1 12 -6
I. Rabb 12 4 4 1 0 1 1 4 2/5 0/0 0/0 2 2 10 -3
M. Teague 25 1 2 5 1 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 1/4 0 2 14 -17
D. Davis 12 0 3 2 0 1 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/2 0 3 6 -11
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Chalmers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Henry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Weber - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 97 33 24 8 4 13 21 39/81 9/23 10/15 7 26 177 -50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 38 22 3 4 1 0 3 3 7/15 2/8 6/10 0 3 31 +16
J. Ingles 37 17 5 10 0 1 4 5 7/15 3/8 0/0 0 5 39 +2
R. O'Neale 36 13 6 4 3 0 1 3 5/7 1/2 2/2 0 6 29 +16
D. Favors 31 10 6 2 0 4 1 0 5/8 0/0 0/4 4 2 23 +9
R. Gobert 28 9 10 0 2 0 4 3 3/4 0/0 3/6 2 8 17 +1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Mitchell 38 22 3 4 1 0 3 3 7/15 2/8 6/10 0 3 31 +16
J. Ingles 37 17 5 10 0 1 4 5 7/15 3/8 0/0 0 5 39 +2
R. O'Neale 36 13 6 4 3 0 1 3 5/7 1/2 2/2 0 6 29 +16
D. Favors 31 10 6 2 0 4 1 0 5/8 0/0 0/4 4 2 23 +9
R. Gobert 28 9 10 0 2 0 4 3 3/4 0/0 3/6 2 8 17 +1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Exum 27 21 3 3 1 0 1 2 8/10 3/4 2/2 0 3 30 +14
J. Jerebko 5 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 3/4 2/3 0/0 0 0 8 -7
J. Crowder 20 5 3 0 0 0 1 2 2/9 1/5 0/0 1 2 7 +4
A. Burks 13 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 2/2 0 2 6 -5
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Rubio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Udoh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Niang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stockton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 107 38 24 7 5 15 19 40/74 12/31 15/26 7 31 190 +50