MINNEAPOLIS — Donovan Mitchell had 29 points and Ricky Rubio added 18 points with eight assists to send the surging Utah Jazz past the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-111 on Sunday night.
After going 2 of 12 in the first half, Mitchell scored 13 points in the third quarter to help hold off a Minnesota rally and give the Jazz their ninth win in 10 games. Utah shot 71 percent (27 of 38) during the second half for its second victory in three nights over the Timberwolves.
Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 35 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 22. Jerryd Bayless had a season-high 19.
Mitchell and Wiggins got hot trading baskets in the third. Minnesota briefly led 83-82 late in the period before Mitchell helped key a 21-9 run. Utah opened the fourth with three straight 3-pointers — two by Kyle Korver and one from Joe Ingles — to rebuild the lead to nine.
Utah led by as many as 14 in the fourth. The Timberwolves pulled within seven multiple times but couldn’t get another big stop on defense.
Mitchell finished 10 of 22 and went 7 for 10 at the foul line.
Rudy Gobert had 17 points for Utah.
Jazz: Korver, a 16-year veteran, entered averaging 20.4 minutes in 28 games with Utah, nearly five more minutes per game than he was playing for the Cavaliers before they traded him in November. “Kyle thinks he can play 42 minutes and he prepares that way,” coach Quin Snyder said of his 37-year-old shooting guard. “Kyle, at a certain point in his career became — I don’t know if I want to say obsessive — but unbelievably dedicated to taking care of his body. That’s why he’s playing at the level he’s playing at, at the age he is.” … Utah didn’t commit a turnover in the first quarter.
Timberwolves: Luol Deng had a season-high 15 points. … Second-leading scorer Derrick Rose, who dressed on Friday but didn’t play, sat out with a sore right ankle. Rose joined G Jeff Teague (foot), F Robert Covington (knee) and G Tyus Jones (sprained ankle) on the injury report. Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said Covington, who hasn’t played since Dec. 31, has been doing more work on the stationary bike. … Josh Okogie caught an elbow from Gobert to the back of the head in the first quarter when both were going for a rebound. Gobert dunked on the play and Okogie stayed down for several moments before getting up.Up next
Jazz: At the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Timberwolves: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
THUNDER 118, BUCKS 112: At Oklahoma City, Paul George had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his 16th triple-double of the season and No. 120 for his career. Jerami Grant added 16 points, helping the Thunder knock off the team with the NBA’s best record.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee, and Khris Middleton added 22 points.
Eric Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute left to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to three, but George drained a 3-pointer in Malcolm Brogdon’s face as the shot clock wound down to push the margin back up to six.
ROCKETS 103, MAGIC 98: At Houston, James Harden scored 40 points, and Houston rallied for the win in Chris Paul’s return from a hamstring injury.
Houston trailed by as many as 16. The game was tied with about 75 seconds left when a 3-pointer by Harden put the Rockets up 98-95. Terrence Ross missed a 3 on the other end and Harden added a step-back jumper with 30 seconds left.
Harden got his third block when he swatted away a shot by Evan Fournier, and Paul added two free throws with 13.6 seconds remaining to secure Houston’s third straight victory. Paul had 12 points and six assists after missing the previous 17 games with a strained left hamstring.
Aaron Gordon had 23 points for the Magic, who have dropped six of seven.
RAPTORS 123, MAVERICKS 120: At Dallas, Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points to help Toronto overcome a triple-double from Dallas rookie Luka Doncic.
Pascal Siakam’s three-point play snapped a 108-108 tie with 3:56 remaining as the Raptors recovered from a seven-point deficit early in the fourth quarter.
SPURS 132, WIZARDS 119: At San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists, powering San Antonio to the victory.
The Spurs were without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, but had seven players in double figures. Reserve Davis Bertans had a season-high 21 points after missing the previous two games due to personal reasons. Derrick White and Bryn Forbes added 16 points each.
CLIPPERS 122, KINGS 108: At Los Angeles, Montrezl Harrell scored 25 points, and the Clippers earned their third consecutive win.
Tobias Harris added 18 points for Los Angeles, which was coming off a 3-1 road trip. Lou Williams had 12 points and 10 assists.
HEAT 106, KNICKS 97: At New York, Wayne Ellington scored each of his 19 points in the second half, and the Heat handed the Knicks their ninth straight loss.
Miami had seven players score in double figures in its second straight win. Dwyane Wade had 15 points and 10 assists, and Hassan Whiteside finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds.
Wade, who plans to retire at the end of the season, received a standing ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd when he was taken out in the final seconds.
CAVALIERS 104, BULLS 101: At Chicago, Jordan Clarkson and Alec Burks each scored 18 points, and the Cavaliers ended a six-game losing streak.
NBA-worst Cleveland (10-41) had dropped 18 of 19. Cedi Osman scored 17 points, and Matthew Dellavedova finished with 16.
Lauri Markkanen led Chicago with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Zach LaVine had 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Bulls (11-39) have lost three straight and 13 of 14.
Rodney Hood had a follow basket with 17 seconds left to put Cleveland up 102-101. After a Chicago miss, Dellavedova hit a pair of free throws. LaVine missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.