Jazz pulls away in 4th quarter, beats Timberwolves 120-108


Mitchell returned from a two-game absence to score a season-high 39 points to lead Utah.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) shoots past Utah Jazz forwards Bojan Bogdanovic (44) and Rudy Gay (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, December 31, 2021, at Salt Lake City. (AP Photo / Adam Fondren)

Donovan Mitchell scored a season-high 39, and the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-108 Friday night at Vivint Arena.

Mitchell added six rebounds and five assists on his return from a two-game absence due to a back strain. Bojan Bogdanovic added 24 points and 12 rebounds, Jordan Clarkson added 20 and Rudy Gobert added 14 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Utah made 35 of 41 from the free throw.

Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards scored 26 points on his return from six games absent due to health and safety regulations. Malik Beasley added 22 points for the Timberwolves.

After Patrick Beverley scored 3 points just a minute into the fourth inning, the Jazz scored 22 unanswered to drag away the Timberwolves. Mitchell started the run with dunks and scored 12 points in his opening game. Gobert and Mitchell ended the game with dunks that gave Utah a 113-92 lead with 5:51 left.

Utah took a 13-point lead in the first half, taking a 63-50 lead, by knocking down 3 pointers and hitting the free-throw line repeatedly.

Jazz made seven shots outside – four of which came from Mitchell – and shot 54% from the box before halftime. Utah also took 22 of the 26 free throws in the first half. Bogdanovic and Gobert each had eight free throws, equal to Minnesota’s total for the first two quarters.

Minnesota thrived in the third quarter and erased Utah’s lead. Jaden McDaniels took the lead 12-2 with a jump over the bar that gave the Timberwolves a 79-78 lead. Edwards and Naz Reid each scored a pair of baskets to power the game.


Timberwolves: Jordan McLaughlin had three top steals of the season, all in the first quarter. … Jaylen Nowell has totaled 11 assists in his last two games. … Edwards and Nowell fouled in the fourth quarter.

Jazz: Joe Ingles (lower back strain), Mike Conley (rested) and Eric Paschall (personal reasons) sidelined for Utah. … Trent Forrest began his early career. Forrest finished with four points, three rebounds and three assists. … Hassan Whiteside did not return from halftime because of concussion-like symptoms. Clarkson accidentally hit Whiteside in the face during a collision in the second half.


Minnesota: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Utah: Host Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Jazz pulls away in 4th quarter, beats Timberwolves 120-108

Beth Allcock

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