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Mitchell scores 24, Jazz outlast Timberwolves 106-102

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell was finding his teammates in all sorts of ways. One of his career-high 11 assists looked as if it belonged on the diamond instead of the court.

''I got back to my old ways,'' said Mitchell, who pitched and played shortstop in high school. ''It was just making a play, making a read and Georges (Niang) was wide open and a two-hand pass just wouldn't have worked.''

Mitchell scored 24 points but the Utah Jazz frittered away a 23-point lead and barely outlasted the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102 on Friday night.

''I don't think we were happy with the game ended and we weren't happy with the way we played in the fourth,'' Mitchell said. ''We got complacent in ways.''

Rudy Gobert, who was a game-time decision with a sore hamstring, had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Kyle Korver scored 16 for the Jazz, who have won eight of their last nine.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points on 8-of-26 shooting and had a season-high 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped on the second game of a back-to-back.

''Fourth quarter, I'm trying to take over the game and dominate,'' Towns said. ''I'm trying to give us a chance to win. I was just being a little aggressive all around and trying to make plays everywhere.''

Anthony Tolliver hit his second 3 of the final four minutes to get the Timberwolves within one at 103-102, but Luol Deng missed an open 3-pointer in the corner for a chance to give Minnesota its first lead since the first quarter.

Joe Ingles, who had 12 points, snatched the rebound and hit two free throws. On the next possession, Gobert got a piece of Tolliver's 3-point attempt. Mitchell rebounded and hit one free throw to clinch the win.

''I had to make a play and block that shot,'' said Gobert, who had four blocks. ''We had to lock in.''

Mitchell, who has scored at least 24 points in 11 consecutive games, was forced to play the point for six games while all three Jazz point guards were injured. Even though Rubio has returned, Mitchell has continued his playmaking ways and marked the first double-double of his career.

''I'm just making good reads and having confidence in my passes,'' Mitchell said. ''When we had three point guards out, you got to be able to make those plays, that's where it started. I had no choice.''

In the second quarter, Mitchell - the son of former minor league pitcher Donovan Sr., the New York Mets' director of player relations - threw the surprising cross-court fastball with one hand to Niang for a 3.

''At this time last year, he wasn't even throwing those passes to the corner and now he's throwing left hand, right hand, one, two, whatever he needs to do to get it there,'' Ingles said.

In the third quarter, the Timberwolves took another hit when Taj Gibson went after the officials and got two technicals and had to be restrained by his teammates after a foul call as Ingles went to the basket.

The Jazz then shot five free throws, three by Mitchell (as Towns also got a technical) and two by Ingles. With 4:46 left in the third, Mitchell hit two more foul shots to cap the 13-0 run and the Jazz led 75-54.

The Jazz led by as many as 23 in the third period, but the Timberwolves scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter. When Towns followed his own missed jumper with a layup, the Timberwolves had closed within eight at 90-82.

Utah barely survived while shooting 5 of 28 in the fourth quarter and was saved by some hustle plays and defensive stops. The Jazz made only two field goals in the final five minutes.

''We lost focus,'' Utah coach Quin Snyder said. ''Just a lot of mental mistakes.''

The Timberwolves were missing Derrick Rose (sore ankle), Tyus Jones (ankle sprain) and Jeff Teague (sore foot), which caused some trouble in executing the offense and players getting the ball in unfamiliar positions.

GIBSON: `I JUST LOST IT'

Gibson doesn't have a problem with official James Williams, even though it looked as though he wanted to fight him when he got ejected.

''I know James,'' Gibson said. ''He's a like big brother. ... You get used to seeing him all the time, so you've got a relationship. Sometimes, tempers flare and kind of lose it a little. But at the end of the day, you know he means well. It's part of the job. It was just one of those times I lost it.''

Gibson, who scored his 7,000th career point before his meltdown, continued: ''Like I said, I'm human. But I got a lot of respect for James. Like I said, he's been reffing my games 10-plus years in the NBA. It's up to me just to go talk to him and apologize.''

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Minnesota fumbled its way to 12 turnovers in the first half. ... Towns was limited to six first-half minutes because of foul trouble. ... The Timberwolves outscored the Jazz in the paint 48-38.

Jazz: Ingles got a technical in the fourth quarter. ... A bat flew around the arena, interrupting some of the players' pregame shooting routines. The Jazz Bear mascot finally caught the bat. ''That was scary,'' Mitchell said. ''I was not cool with that at all. I'm glad the Bear got him because I would not have finished my warmup. I would have gone to locker room if he was still flying around out there.'' ... Brandon Flowers of the rock band The Killers sat courtside.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Utah on Sunday.

Jazz: Visit Minnesota on Sunday.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
R. Gobert
27 C
31.6 Min. Per Game 31.6
14.9 Pts. Per Game 14.9
2.2 Ast. Per Game 2.2
13.0 Reb. Per Game 13.0
49.9 Field Goal % 64.3
49.5 Three Point % 64.2
84.7 Free Throw % 65.2
  MIN team rebound 0:00
  Andrew Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
+ 1 Donovan Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:01
  UTA team rebound 0:01
  Donovan Mitchell missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:01
  Personal foul on Jerryd Bayless 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Donovan Mitchell 0:01
  Anthony Tolliver missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
+ 1 Joe Ingles made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:14
+ 1 Joe Ingles made 1st of 2 free throws 0:14
  Personal foul on Luol Deng 0:14
Team Stats
Points 102 106
Field Goals 38-90 (42.2%) 37-94 (39.4%)
3-Pointers 8-26 (30.8%) 13-40 (32.5%)
Free Throws 18-21 (85.7%) 19-25 (76.0%)
Total Rebounds 58 60
Offensive 12 16
Defensive 38 31
Team 8 13
Assists 20 25
Steals 5 9
Blocks 5 7
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 22 19
Technicals 4 1
33 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
24 PTS, 7 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 24-25 24212433102
home team logo Jazz 28-22 31213816106
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 24-25 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Jazz 28-22 99.0 PPG 47.3 RPG 22.3 APG
Key Players
K. Towns C PPG RPG APG FG%
D. Mitchell SG 23.8 PPG 4.8 RPG 3.8 APG 35.6 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Towns C 33 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
D. Mitchell SG 24 PTS 7 REB 11 AST
42.2 FG% 39.4
30.8 3PT FG% 32.5
85.7 FT% 76.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Towns 33 10 4 12/19 2/5 7/7 5 28 1 3 3 4 6 +11 52
A. Wiggins 21 11 3 8/26 1/4 4/7 1 37 1 1 5 3 8 +8 35
J. Bayless 11 8 5 4/14 3/7 0/0 4 40 1 1 3 0 8 0 28
T. Gibson 8 4 1 3/5 0/1 2/2 3 20 0 0 1 0 4 -4 13
J. Okogie 7 4 1 3/8 0/1 1/1 2 27 1 0 1 0 4 +1 13
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Towns 33 10 4 12/19 2/5 7/7 5 28 1 3 3 4 6 +11 52
A. Wiggins 21 11 3 8/26 1/4 4/7 1 37 1 1 5 3 8 +8 35
J. Bayless 11 8 5 4/14 3/7 0/0 4 40 1 1 3 0 8 0 28
T. Gibson 8 4 1 3/5 0/1 2/2 3 20 0 0 1 0 4 -4 13
J. Okogie 7 4 1 3/8 0/1 1/1 2 27 1 0 1 0 4 +1 13
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Dieng 8 4 1 4/5 0/1 0/0 2 11 0 0 0 2 2 -10 14
A. Tolliver 6 3 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 1 16 0 0 0 0 3 +14 9
L. Deng 6 3 2 1/2 0/1 4/4 1 21 1 0 0 2 1 -8 14
C. Williams 2 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 -5 5
D. Saric 0 1 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 1 17 0 0 0 1 0 -18 1
J. Terrell 0 1 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 12 0 0 1 0 1 -9 4
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Teague - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Covington - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Bates-Diop - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 102 50 20 38/90 8/26 18/21 22 235 5 5 14 12 38 -20 188
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 24 7 11 7/24 2/6 8/10 4 38 1 1 3 2 5 +7 52
R. Gobert 18 16 2 8/12 0/0 2/4 2 36 2 4 1 9 7 +15 43
D. Favors 13 6 0 5/9 1/2 2/2 4 22 0 1 0 2 4 -9 20
J. Ingles 12 3 2 3/11 2/9 4/4 4 32 3 0 0 0 3 -6 22
R. Rubio 6 2 4 2/10 0/3 2/3 0 22 1 0 2 1 1 -5 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 24 7 11 7/24 2/6 8/10 4 38 1 1 3 2 5 +7 52
R. Gobert 18 16 2 8/12 0/0 2/4 2 36 2 4 1 9 7 +15 43
D. Favors 13 6 0 5/9 1/2 2/2 4 22 0 1 0 2 4 -9 20
J. Ingles 12 3 2 3/11 2/9 4/4 4 32 3 0 0 0 3 -6 22
R. Rubio 6 2 4 2/10 0/3 2/3 0 22 1 0 2 1 1 -5 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Korver 16 5 2 6/13 4/9 0/0 1 26 0 0 1 0 5 +13 24
J. Crowder 9 2 2 3/10 3/9 0/0 2 25 1 0 3 2 0 +1 13
R. O'Neale 5 2 2 2/4 0/1 1/2 1 23 1 1 0 0 2 +3 13
G. Niang 3 4 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 1 0 4 +1 6
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Udoh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Mitrou-Long - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Cavanaugh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 106 47 25 37/94 13/40 19/25 19 234 9 7 11 16 31 +20 208