By Matthew Coles, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Jae Crowder had 18 and the Utah Jazz beat the travel-weary Minnesota Timberwolves 120-100 on Thursday night.
Derrick Favors had seventeen points and eleven rebounds and Ruby Gobert contributed ten points and thirteen boards for the Jazz, who played Wed night however did not have nearly the travel adventures that beset Minnesota.
The Timberwolves did not arrive in Salt Lake city until thursday morning due to a severe storm in Denver that prevented the team from flying. The team showed up for its charter flight a bit after 10 a.m. on Wed however was stranded at the airport for nearly ten hours due to high winds before returning to the hotel.
Mitchell converted a scintillating drive and dunk on the baseline and then a tough lay-in from the right angle. the game was among single digits most of the way, however the Jazz led by twenty four within the closing minutes because the Timberwolves ran out of steam.
Utah claimed the season series 3-1 and moved into a tie for sixth within the tight Western Conference.
Karl-Anthony towns had 26 points, including 14 within the third quarter because the Timberwolves drew within 71-70. Utah finished the period on a scoring burst and led 91-81 entering the fourth on a rare dunk by Joe Ingles.
In his 9 games since the All-Star break, towns has averaged thirty four points and thirteen.4 rebounds but looked frustrated at times against the length of Gobert and fouled out as he tried to bull through the Jazz center on a baseline drive with 4:13 remaining.
Andrew Wiggins scored fourteen points however shot 6 of 17. Tyus Jones had twelve points and 9 assists for the Wolves.
JAZZ OWNER SETS TONE
Jazz owner Gail Miller released a statement and spoke to the crowd prior to the game to address an encounter between Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook and a fan Tuesday. Utah permanently banned the fan from all arena events, and Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the league.
Miller, who has owned the team for 34 years with her late husband Larry, implored the crowd to do better and said, “We are not a racist community.”
She implored fans to enjoy the competition and cheer the Jazz as loudly as ever but cautioned, “No one wins when respect goes away.”
Players from both teams listened intently and applauded the speech.
Timberwolves: Derrick Rose (elbow), Jeff Teague (foot), Luol Deng (Achilles) and Robert Covington (knee) all missed the game for Minnesota. … Towns caught Mitchell in the back of the head during a scramble for a rebound and received a Flagrant 1 foul. … The Timberwolves went 5-for-24 on three-point attempts.
Jazz: Dante Exum, who missed 25 games with an ankle issue and only returned Monday, left the game after three minutes with knee soreness. … Utah outrebounded Minnesota 49-38. … The Jazz had 30 assists on their 44 field goals. “We moved the ball, that’s what it was,” Crowder said.
Timberwolves: Visit Houston on Sunday.
Jazz: Host Brooklyn on Saturday.