Published 11:57 p.m. ET Nov. 1, 2017 | Updated 12:57 a.m. ET Nov. 2, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Faith turned the key phrase in Quin Snyder’s postgame press convention. The Utah Jazz coach talked about his religion in rookie Donovan Mitchell, his religion in Ricky Rubio and his religion in his crew.
Mitchell scored a career-high 28 factors and the Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-103 in additional time Wednesday evening.
The sport was tight all through, with 17 lead modifications and 14 ties — and neither crew ever main by double-digits.
“The game wasn’t real fluid for either team offensively early on,” Snyder stated. “We hung in there and did not get discouraged. As the sport progressed, had been rather more aggressive.
“You place confidence in somebody once they’re not enjoying nicely. That’s what now we have to have on this crew.”
The Jazz ran their offense via Mitchell in additional time and he did not disappoint. The No. 12 total decide accounted for the primary six Utah factors with a Three-pointer, a pair of free throws and Rudy Gobert’s two free throws that Mitchell arrange with a move to the reducing huge man.
“I did not suppose it could occur this quick,” Mitchell said. “It was positively surreal. Plays ran for me, only a matter of hitting the photographs.”
Rubio, who completed with a season-high 30 factors, buried a Three-pointer from the highest of the arc with 30.9 seconds left in additional time to offer the Jazz a seven-point lead and put the sport away.
The two Utah guards had been improbable down the stretch after the Jazz struggled on the offensive finish.
“Each factor must be higher and slightly bit sharper,” Blazers guard Damian Lillard said. “We can take strain off one another by screening slightly bit higher, throwing higher pbades on time and heading in the right direction.
“I think part of it is our execution. We’ve got to get to our spots, we’ve got to scrape for each other, we’ve got to sprint and make hard cuts and just be strong with the ball.”
Lillard put the Blazers on his shoulders within the fourth quarter, however was saved in relative test in additional time. The two-time All Star completed with 33 factors, and Jusuf Nurkic had a season-high 19 factors.
The Blazers cleared out for Lillard on the ultimate possession of regulation, however Gobert blocked his floater as time expired.
“When you have a six-point lead, or whatever we had, with two or three minutes to go,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts stated, “you’ve got to make the plays to hold the lead and come out with a win. We didn’t do that.”
Blazers: Portland entered the sport ranked No. 6 within the league permitting 98.Three factors per sport. Stotts stated that is been the main target this season and their effectiveness has been extra psychological that schematic. … Portland shot a season-low 26.5 p.c from Three-point vary.
Jazz: Rodney Hood was zero for 11 two days after scoring a season-high 25 factors. He was benched down the stretch. … Thabo Sefelosha scored a season-high 15 factors. … The Jazz reserves outscored their Blazers counterparts 54-20. … Gobert completed with 16 factors, 10 rebounds and three blocked photographs.
Lillard and Mitchell have change into buddies within the final yr and textual content usually. Lillard stated he favored Mitchell’s sport at Louisville and seen that he wore Lillard’s Adidas signature shoe. He texted Mitchell congratulations after the draft and had hoped the rookie would slide to Portland within the draft. The two went head-to-head on quite a few events all through the evening.
“Love going face to face with a man who likes to compete,” Mitchell said. “It was type of loopy how all that got here out. … You study from stuff like that in huge moments. It felt like he was coasting all sport and I seemed on the rating and he had 33.”
Jazz ahead Joe Johnson is out at the very least two weeks with proper wrist instability. Jonas Jerebko, who had solely performed 4 minutes within the first seven video games, checked in early within the first quarter and can see extra time within the rotation.
“Jonas is going to play, we need him to play,” Snyder stated. “As the game goes on, we’ve had to feel (out) the game. There isn’t clarity. It’s not hockey. We don’t just sub rote. … The game is going to dictate minutes for our team for the majority of the guys.”
Trail Blazers: Host No. 2 decide Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday evening.
Jazz: Host Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors on Friday evening.
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