After what was one of their worst losses of the season Monday night against a depleted OKC team on a back-to-back, the Utah Jazz made up for it tonight against the Timberwolves.
Donovan Mitchell got into foul trouble early, picking up his second after just four minutes of play, and went to the bench. He checked back in with over three minutes remaining, and sank his first four shots to end the quarter with 8 points. Mitchell would go on to lead the Jazz’s scoring efforts, finishing with 30 points on 13-20 shooting, along with 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.
| @spidadmitchell led us with 30 points ⤵ pic.twitter.com/IbLLcNbj5M— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 12, 2019
It was a fantastic game from Mitchell, who had been struggling a bit the last few games finding his groove and taking good shots. The Jazz improved to 7-1 on the season when Donovan shoots better than 50% from the field.
WELCOME BACK JOE INGLES!!! Finally, we saw the Joe Ingles of old. Joe was everywhere on the floor tonight, and backed the box score with 23 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and a steal.
| @Joeingles7 had a good game, and our favorite part was the— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 12, 2019
23p | 5a | 5r | 3 3pm | #TakeNote ⤵ pic.twitter.com/0hxfR4EdRi
He was aggressive with the ball in his hands and made things happen for his teammates. It was so good to have Joe back tonight, playing like his old self.
Rudy Gobert had himself another beastly game, finishing with 20 points (8-10 shooting), 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. He held Karl-Anthony Towns in check (as much as you can really) for most of the game, holding him to 2-9 shooting from three and 21 points which is well below his season average.
| @rudygobert27 adds another double-double— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 12, 2019
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Donovan, Joe, and Rudy all had great games, but for the first time in a while, we need to give the Jazz bench some love. As a unit, they dropped 34 points on 11-17 shooting, and dropped some bombs from deep on 7-11 shooting from three. Emmanuel Mudiay played a great game with 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists, and seemed much more in control than in recent games. George Niang came in and hit all three of his threes attempted, and gave the Jazz their biggest lead of 20 points in the third quarter. No bench player was less than a +12 in the plus-minus tonight, which is always wonderful to see. The Jazz handled their business for the majority of the game. Besides giving up 34 points to Jeff Teague, it was a great game. Jazz win 127-116.
We’ve been waiting to see some offense from the Jazz, and we saw it tonight. It was strange to see the offense firing on all cylinders without Bojan Bogdanovic (4-14 FG, 6 TO), but nonetheless was a great game for the Jazz and a pretty critical W after losing 6 of their last 7 games.