Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points, Rudy Gobert scored 17 points and 20 rebounds, and Utah Jazz defeated Sacramento Kings 110-101 on Friday night.
Mike Conley has added 17 points to Jazz, who has won five consecutive victories against Sacramento in his first match at the packed Golden 1 Center since March 8, 2020.
“They came out, shook, connected, connected, but we kept getting up,” Mitchell said. “I’m not doing off-night shooters, turnovers, or play. I understood everything during the game. It was our responsibility to talk to each other.”
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Utah led in the fourth quarter, but continued to run 10-0 and 6-0 before ending the game with a 15-6 burst.
The final spurt of jazz happened after Kings became a smaller, faster lineup.
“It will be the consistent thing we see,” said Utah director Quin Snyder. “It was a stretch we stopped. The story of the game was how we delayed and defended.”
Harrison Barnes led Sacramento with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Buddy Hield scored 24 points, going from a range of 3 points to 6 out of 15, and became the Kings franchise leader in 3 seconds.
Kings coach Luke Walton said, “It’s a four-point match with three minutes left. That’s nothing.” “What really hurt us tonight is everything we can fix. It was a turnover when we were making quick breaks and some defensive mistakes.”
Gobert could only take 7 shots, but when he counted it got bigger and scored 7 points in the last three and a half minutes. He changed Alley-oop’s dunk shot, made two free throws, was fouled by Hield, and then played three-point. Bojan Bogdanovic continued to wave to the crowd with three pointers, Mitchell made a free throw and Conley sank the pair.
“Rudi made it stronger for himself. It was day and night,” Mitchell said. “Then we too can be around him and carry out our attacks.”
Jazz followed most of the first half and went down in the second half of the third quarter before Jordan Clarkson made three pairs, including one with 0.2 seconds left to raise jazz to 81-80.
Both teams started late and Kings dragged 6 before running 15-0. Davion Mitchell capped the stretch when he grabbed the ball from Donovan Mitchell and gave Terence Davis a layup to 33-24.
Utah’s Joe Ingles was sent off in the first quarter with 1:36 remaining after being charged with a Flagrant 2 foul. Ingress was near the basket when Davion Mitchell missed a dunk shot and crashed into the court. Ingles initially whistled with a defensive foul, but the call changed after the review.
“Obviously, that’s not what Joe did intentionally, but maliciously,” Snyder said. “Such a thing happens.”
Hield has 3 points in his career of 1,076. He entered the night with Peja Stojakovic, who is at the top of Kings’ best-ever list. “Peja is one of the best shooters in our league ever. For Buddy to do that, this will immediately tell you what type of shooter he is,” Walton said.
Jazz: Gobert and Snyder picked up a technical foul within 98 seconds in the third quarter. … Rudy Gay (right heel) didn’t play.
Kings: Burns scored a career record of 36 points against Portland, the first two threes, and eight points in the first quarter. … Maurice Harkless was treated for a left hip injury before the match and was withheld. … Fox came out after appearing to have injured his left shoulder at the beginning of the second quarter, but is back.
Jazz: Hosts Denver on Tuesday.
Kings: Host the Warriors on Sunday night. Sacramento lost two of the three against Golden State a year ago, but won at the Golden 1 Center (141-119).
Mitchell led the surge in the second half with 27 points, Gobert defeated Kings
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