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Mitchell, Gobert propel Jazz to 114-97 win over Suns

PHOENIX (AP) Donovan Mitchell knows his team is in good position as it pursues a Western Conference playoff spot. He just wasn't sure exactly where the Utah Jazz were in the standings, until right before Wednesday night's game.

''I really don't pay attention to that stuff this time of year,'' Mitchell said after leading the Jazz to a 114-97 win over the Phoenix Suns. ''I try my best not to, because it allows you to get all distracted. We just want to focus on game to game.''

Mitchell scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and Derrick Favors added 18 for Utah. Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 20 rebounds as the Jazz ended a two-game skid and pulled into a tie with the Los Angeles Clippers for the seventh seed in the West.

Utah dominated on the boards, outrebounding Phoenix 52-35.

''The goal is just to find our rhythm and keep getting better,'' Gobert said. ''Guys did a great job boxing out their man, and when you do that you get a lot of rebounds. It's more about our defense.''

Devin Booker's 27 points led the Suns, who came back from 14 down in the third quarter to tie the score but couldn't push past the Jazz in the fourth. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 points and Tyler Johnson had 15 for the last-place Suns, who had won four of five.

Utah led by 21 in the fourth quarter, pulling away after Phoenix tied it at 75 late in the third. Mitchell hit a 3-pointer with 2:57 left to make it 105-89.

Ricky Rubio returned to the Jazz after missing two games with left hip tightness. He played 22 minutes and had six points and four assists.

All three of Gobert's field goals in the first quarter were dunks, and with 52 seconds left in the period he delivered a look-away bounce pass to Jae Crowder for a layup.

The Suns led by four in the second, but the Jazz surged ahead with a 9-0 run. Another dunk by Gobert off a lob from Rubio made it 48-41 with 1:54 left in the first half.

Mitchell's 3 with 21 seconds remaining made it 53-41, and the Jazz led by 10 at halftime. Gobert had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.

''Our bigs have been solid all year long and they raised their level,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''A good night for those guys.''

Utah went ahead by 14 early in the third quarter, but the Suns put together a 12-2 run to make it 59-55 with 8:29 to go.

The crowd was buzzing even two possessions after Phoenix big man Richaun Holmes threw down a windmill dunk with his left hand with 3:39 to go in the third, cutting the Jazz lead to 72-66.

A pair of free throws by Booker tied it at 75 with 30 seconds left. Joe Ingles hit a 3 out of the corner for a 78-75 lead for the Jazz at the end of three quarters.

''We have to move forward. We have had a pretty good stretch here in previous games and you have to keep building on that,'' Booker said. ''You are going to have lumps in the road but you've got to keep going and punch the clock every day.''

PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

Snyder was asked before the game about the recent incident in Salt Lake City involving Thunder star Russell Westbrook and comments from a fan in the stands. The fan was banned from attending events at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

''Anytime you have an incident that is unfortunate, you hope that there can be a catalyst for positive change,'' Snyder said.

T'D UP

Oubre was whistled for a technical foul for shouting at an official as he walked to the bench with blood trickling out of his nose just before halftime.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Improved to 8-4 in the first of back-to-back games this season. ... The first basket of the game for the Jazz came when Mitchell drove across the lane and delivered a no-look bounce pass to Favors for a dunk. ... G Raul Neto entered in the second quarter, his first game since Feb. 27 because of hamstring tightness. He played 11 minutes.

Suns: Recalled rookie guard Elie Okobo from Northern Arizona of the G-League. ... Head coach Igor Kokoskov was on Snyder's staff at Missouri in 1999-2000, and with the Jazz from 2015-18. ... The Suns have lost five straight to the Jazz overall, and play Utah twice more this season.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Return home to host Minnesota on Thursday night.

Suns: At the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

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Key Players
R. Gobert
27 C
D. Booker
1 SG
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
25.1 Pts. Per Game 25.1
6.7 Ast. Per Game 6.7
4.1 Reb. Per Game 4.1
65.1 Field Goal % 45.9
65.0 Three Point % 45.9
64.1 Free Throw % 86.9
+ 2 Troy Daniels made jump shot 0:09
  Defensive rebound by Troy Daniels 0:18
  Thabo Sefolosha missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:20
+ 1 Richaun Holmes made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:34
+ 1 Richaun Holmes made 1st of 2 free throws 0:34
  Personal foul on Dante Exum 0:34
+ 2 Ekpe Udoh made dunk 0:42
  Offensive rebound by Ekpe Udoh 0:42
  Dante Exum missed running Jump Shot 0:45
+ 2 Richaun Holmes made jump shot, assist by Elie Okobo 0:55
+ 2 Thabo Sefolosha made finger-roll layup, assist by Georges Niang 1:10
Team Stats
Points 114 97
Field Goals 42-90 (46.7%) 36-82 (43.9%)
3-Pointers 12-33 (36.4%) 7-19 (36.8%)
Free Throws 18-25 (72.0%) 18-23 (78.3%)
Total Rebounds 63 43
Offensive 12 5
Defensive 40 30
Team 11 8
Assists 30 21
Steals 8 8
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 12 12
Fouls 22 20
Technicals 0 1
18 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST
27 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Jazz 38-29 25282536114
home team logo Suns 16-53 2716322297
Team Stats
away team logo Jazz 38-29 97.8 PPG 47.2 RPG 23.0 APG
home team logo Suns 16-53 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Mitchell SG 23.8 PPG 4.1 RPG 4.2 APG 43.2 FG%
D. Booker SG 26.6 PPG 4.1 RPG 6.8 APG 46.7 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Mitchell SG 26 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
D. Booker SG 27 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
46.7 FG% 43.9
36.4 3PT FG% 36.8
72.0 FT% 78.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 26 5 2 10/18 4/6 2/2 2 33 1 0 2 0 5 +21 34
D. Favors 18 7 7 8/14 1/3 1/2 1 25 1 1 1 3 4 +2 40
R. Gobert 18 20 1 6/9 0/0 6/11 3 32 1 0 2 7 13 +15 39
J. Ingles 15 2 6 6/9 3/5 0/0 2 31 2 1 2 0 2 +14 30
R. Rubio 6 3 4 1/7 0/2 4/5 2 21 0 1 0 1 2 +13 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 26 5 2 10/18 4/6 2/2 2 33 1 0 2 0 5 +21 34
D. Favors 18 7 7 8/14 1/3 1/2 1 25 1 1 1 3 4 +2 40
R. Gobert 18 20 1 6/9 0/0 6/11 3 32 1 0 2 7 13 +15 39
J. Ingles 15 2 6 6/9 3/5 0/0 2 31 2 1 2 0 2 +14 30
R. Rubio 6 3 4 1/7 0/2 4/5 2 21 0 1 0 1 2 +13 18
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Crowder 12 3 2 4/12 1/6 3/3 0 23 0 0 1 0 3 +18 18
T. Sefolosha 7 1 0 2/5 1/3 2/2 0 11 1 1 0 0 1 +3 10
K. Korver 6 1 1 2/6 2/5 0/0 5 13 0 0 1 0 1 -8 8
R. O'Neale 4 6 1 2/3 0/1 0/0 4 21 1 0 1 0 6 +14 12
E. Udoh 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 -4 3
G. Niang 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 -4 3
R. Neto 0 0 5 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 11 1 0 0 0 0 +9 11
D. Exum 0 2 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 3 9 0 0 2 0 2 -8 0
N. Mitrou-Long - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Cavanaugh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 114 52 30 42/90 12/33 18/25 22 234 8 4 12 12 40 +85 226
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 27 4 6 9/20 2/4 7/9 2 35 0 1 4 0 4 -8 40
K. Oubre Jr. 18 4 2 8/15 0/3 2/4 1 31 1 0 2 1 3 -27 25
T. Johnson 15 4 2 4/10 3/6 4/4 2 31 0 0 4 1 3 -24 19
D. Bender 3 3 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 0 3 +8 8
D. Ayton 2 9 0 1/9 0/0 0/0 2 32 2 1 0 2 7 -23 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 27 4 6 9/20 2/4 7/9 2 35 0 1 4 0 4 -8 40
K. Oubre Jr. 18 4 2 8/15 0/3 2/4 1 31 1 0 2 1 3 -27 25
T. Johnson 15 4 2 4/10 3/6 4/4 2 31 0 0 4 1 3 -24 19
D. Bender 3 3 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 0 3 +8 8
D. Ayton 2 9 0 1/9 0/0 0/0 2 32 2 1 0 2 7 -23 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Holmes 11 5 1 3/6 0/0 5/6 4 15 2 1 1 1 4 +6 20
J. Jackson 9 1 1 4/10 1/2 0/0 5 21 0 0 0 0 1 -8 12
T. Daniels 6 1 1 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 1 +1 9
J. Crawford 4 1 2 2/3 0/1 0/0 1 14 0 0 1 0 1 +3 8
M. Bridges 2 3 4 1/5 0/2 0/0 2 33 3 0 0 0 3 -17 16
E. Okobo 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 +4 2
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Warren - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Spalding - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Melton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 97 35 21 36/82 7/19 18/23 20 236 8 3 12 5 30 -85 173