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Gobert shakes off illness to lead Jazz past Nets, 114-98

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A flu bug kept Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert from feeling at full strength before tipoff and caused him to vomit in the locker room after the game.

In between, Gobert did everything in his power to dominate the Brooklyn Nets.

Gobert had 23 points and 17 rebounds Saturday in Utah's 114-98 victory, getting his 55th double-double after feeling sick all day. After the game, Gobert sat down in a chair to rest in front of his locker and promptly vomited.

Gobert, who hasn't missed a game this season, did not want to have this one be his first on the bench.

''I just tried to give everything I had,'' Gobert said. ''I knew it was a big game for the team. I haven't missed a game yet, so I really wanted to (play) unless I was really, really bad and couldn't get up. I knew the training staff was going to be able to give me a little something to be able to play.''

Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 24 points. Derrick Favors chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz. Utah won its third straight game while holding Brooklyn to 35 percent shooting and finishing with a 65-44 advantage on rebounds.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points and D'Angelo Russell added 20 for Brooklyn. The Nets dropped their second in a row after winning four straight, despite finishing with a season-low seven turnovers.

''Defensively, I never felt like we slowed them down,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''They dominated us in every fashion.''

Utah got untracked late in the first quarter after a sluggish start. The Jazz missed eight of their first 10 shots, but then made seven consecutive baskets to surge ahead. Gobert fueled the 17-2 run with a pair of dunks and a layup. Kyle Korver chipped in pair of 3-pointers and the Jazz led 28-21 after one quarter.

Utah opened the second quarter with a 12-2 run to extend its lead to 40-23. Utah eventually led by as many as 20 points before halftime. The Jazz went up 55-35 on back-to-back baskets from Mitchell.

''We locked down the paint,'' Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ''They did a heck of a job. There was clarity when guys drove where our bigs were not caught in between trying to necessarily play two. They were able to have clarity and contest shots.''

The Nets took a 19-11 lead on a 3-pointer from Rodions Kurucs but then missed 12 straight shots over a six-minute stretch spanning the first and second quarters. Brooklyn shot 29 percent from the field in the first half.

Russell credited Gobert with throwing off the team's offensive rhythm.

''A player of that caliber on the defensive end every possession, it's definitely going to be tough to get what we normally get,'' Russell said.

The Jazz built their largest lead in the third quarter after scoring on seven consecutive possessions. Gobert accounted for four baskets and Mitchell had three, including a step-back jumper that finished off the run and gave Utah a 75-49 lead midway through the quarter.

Frustration finally boiled over for the Nets when Dinwiddie picked up a technical foul in the final minute of the quarter.

''That's what you want,'' Mitchell said. ''You want to be able to just kind of aggravate teams.''

SHOWING SOLIDARITY

Before the game, players, coaches, and staff members for the Jazz and the Nets wore T-shirts carrying an anti-racism message. The gray shirts featured an image of black and white hands clasped together. Below the image was a quote from late activist Fred Hampton which read, ''You don't fight racism with racism, you fight racism with solidarity.''

Jazz players came up with the idea following their win over Phoenix on Wednesday night. They were able to order 135 shirts to be printed up in time to wear on Saturday. Mitchell praised the Jazz organization for getting behind the idea and supporting the players.

It is the latest step the Jazz have made to combat racism after a verbal altercation between Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and a fan earlier in the week that stemmed from a racial taunt directed at Westbrook.

''I'm blessed to be able to play for an owner like (Gail Miller), to go out there and say what she said and stick by it,'' Mitchell said. ''It's one thing to say it, but the actions they've put toward it is showing that they're serious about this. We're all serious about this as well. It's a blessing to play for an organization that believes so much in what their players say and what they believe.''

TIP-INS

Nets: Allen Crabbe sat out with a sore right knee while Shabazz Napier missed a second straight game with right hamstring tightness. ... Jarrett Allen did not make a basket in a game for the first time this season. Allen scored four points, but missed his only shot attempt. ... Brooklyn scored 24 points off 15 Utah turnovers.

Jazz: Thabo Sefolosha was sidelined with left hamstring tightness. ... Georges Niang finished with 10 points, his second game of the season scoring in double figures. ... Utah outscored Brooklyn 48-38 in the paint.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Visit Washington on Monday.

Nets: Visit the Clippers on Sunday.

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Key Players
D. Russell
1 PG
R. Gobert
27 C
31.7 Min. Per Game 31.7
15.3 Pts. Per Game 15.3
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
12.9 Reb. Per Game 12.9
42.9 Field Goal % 65.3
43.1 Three Point % 65.1
80.6 Free Throw % 63.5
+ 2 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made driving layup, assist by Alan Williams 0:08
  Defensive rebound by Alan Williams 0:14
  Raul Neto missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 1 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:33
+ 1 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:33
  Shooting foul on Royce O'Neale 0:33
  Defensive rebound by Treveon Graham 0:43
  Royce O'Neale missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:46
  Defensive rebound by Jae Crowder 0:58
  Theo Pinson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:02
+ 2 Georges Niang made driving dunk, assist by Royce O'Neale 1:21
Team Stats
Points 98 114
Field Goals 33-95 (34.7%) 39-91 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 12-36 (33.3%) 13-36 (36.1%)
Free Throws 20-22 (90.9%) 23-31 (74.2%)
Total Rebounds 49 75
Offensive 8 15
Defensive 36 50
Team 5 10
Assists 20 24
Steals 9 3
Blocks 5 7
Turnovers 7 15
Fouls 24 21
Technicals 1 0
20 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
23 PTS, 17 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Nets 36-35 2121223498
home team logo Jazz 40-29 28312431114
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 36-35 111.6 PPG 46 RPG 23.9 APG
home team logo Jazz 40-29 110.6 PPG 46.1 RPG 25.6 APG
Key Players
S. Dinwiddie PG 17.4 PPG 2.5 RPG 4.8 APG 45.3 FG%
D. Mitchell SG 23.6 PPG 4.0 RPG 4.1 APG 42.9 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Dinwiddie PG 22 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
D. Mitchell SG 24 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
34.7 FG% 42.9
33.3 3PT FG% 36.1
90.9 FT% 74.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Russell 20 5 4 8/25 3/7 1/1 0 25 1 0 2 2 3 -14 32
R. Kurucs 8 3 1 3/4 2/3 0/0 4 16 0 1 0 0 3 -3 14
C. LeVert 6 1 4 3/12 0/3 0/0 2 26 2 0 0 0 1 -5 17
J. Harris 6 3 0 2/8 0/2 2/2 0 22 0 0 0 0 3 -7 9
J. Allen 4 5 1 0/1 0/1 4/4 5 20 2 4 0 0 5 +1 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Russell 20 5 4 8/25 3/7 1/1 0 25 1 0 2 2 3 -14 32
R. Kurucs 8 3 1 3/4 2/3 0/0 4 16 0 1 0 0 3 -3 14
C. LeVert 6 1 4 3/12 0/3 0/0 2 26 2 0 0 0 1 -5 17
J. Harris 6 3 0 2/8 0/2 2/2 0 22 0 0 0 0 3 -7 9
J. Allen 4 5 1 0/1 0/1 4/4 5 20 2 4 0 0 5 +1 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Dinwiddie 22 1 2 7/16 3/6 5/5 2 24 1 0 2 0 1 -11 26
T. Pinson 12 1 1 3/6 2/5 4/6 2 13 0 0 1 0 1 +2 14
R. Hollis-Jefferson 6 2 0 2/6 0/0 2/2 1 9 0 0 0 0 2 +4 8
D. Carroll 5 5 3 2/9 1/5 0/0 1 19 0 0 0 1 4 -15 16
A. Williams 4 3 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 5 1 0 0 1 2 -1 10
T. Graham 3 3 1 1/5 1/4 0/0 2 23 1 0 0 0 3 -9 9
E. Davis 2 11 1 0/1 0/0 2/2 4 18 0 0 2 3 8 -21 13
J. Dudley 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 14 1 0 0 1 0 -1 4
A. Crabbe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Napier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Musa - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 98 44 20 33/95 12/36 20/22 24 234 9 5 7 8 36 -80 189
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 24 6 4 9/21 4/7 2/2 2 34 1 0 4 2 4 +8 35
R. Gobert 23 17 1 9/12 0/0 5/10 3 34 0 3 2 6 11 +10 43
D. Favors 13 12 1 4/10 0/1 5/7 0 22 0 3 1 4 8 +11 29
R. Rubio 12 6 6 2/13 0/3 8/8 2 22 1 0 2 3 3 +16 29
J. Ingles 2 6 4 1/5 0/3 0/1 1 29 1 0 3 0 6 +11 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Mitchell 24 6 4 9/21 4/7 2/2 2 34 1 0 4 2 4 +8 35
R. Gobert 23 17 1 9/12 0/0 5/10 3 34 0 3 2 6 11 +10 43
D. Favors 13 12 1 4/10 0/1 5/7 0 22 0 3 1 4 8 +11 29
R. Rubio 12 6 6 2/13 0/3 8/8 2 22 1 0 2 3 3 +16 29
J. Ingles 2 6 4 1/5 0/3 0/1 1 29 1 0 3 0 6 +11 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Crowder 12 4 0 4/7 3/6 1/1 4 28 0 0 0 0 4 +7 16
G. Niang 10 3 0 4/5 2/3 0/0 0 11 0 0 1 0 3 +4 12
R. Neto 9 4 2 3/8 1/4 2/2 4 14 0 0 1 0 4 +6 16
K. Korver 9 3 1 3/8 3/7 0/0 3 19 0 1 1 0 3 -1 14
E. Udoh 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0
R. O'Neale 0 4 5 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 21 0 0 0 0 4 +10 14
T. Sefolosha - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Mitrou-Long - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Cavanaugh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 114 65 24 39/91 13/36 23/31 21 235 3 7 15 15 50 +80 222