SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and had a career-high 11 assists and the Utah Jazz outlasted the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102 on Friday night.
Rudy Gobert, who was a game-time decision with a sore hamstring, had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Kyle Korver scored 16 for the Jazz, who have won eight of their last nine.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points on 8-of-26 shooting for Minnesota, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped on the second game of a back-to-back.
Anthony Tolliver hit his second 3 of the final four minutes to get the Timberwolves within one at 103-102, but Luol Deng missed an open 3 in the corner for a chance to give Minnesota its first lead since the first quarter.
Joe Ingles, who had 12 points, snatched the rebound and hit two free throws. On the next possession, Gobert got a piece of Tolliver’s 3-point attempt. Mitchell rebounded and hit one free throw to clinch the win.
Mitchell, who has scored at least 24 points in 11 consecutive games, was forced to play the point for six games while all three Jazz point guards were injured. Even though Rubio has returned, Mitchell has continued his playmaking ways and marked the first double-double of his career.
In the second quarter, Mitchell — the son of former minor league pitcher Donovan Sr., the New York Mets’ director of player relations — threw a cross-court fastball with one hand to Georges Niang for a 3.
In the third quarter, the Timberwolves took another hit when Taj Gibson went after the officials and got two technicals and had to be restrained by his teammates after a foul call as Ingles went to the basket.
The Jazz then shot five free throws, three by Mitchell and two by Ingles. With 4:46 left in the third, Mitchell hit two more foul shots to cap the 13-0 run and the Jazz led 75-54.
The Jazz led by as many as 23 in the third period, but the Timberwolves scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter. When Towns followed his own missed jumper with a layup, the Timberwolves had closed within eight at 90-82.
Utah barely survived while shooting 5 of 28 in the fourth quarter and was saved by some hustle plays and defensive stops. The Jazz made only two field goals in the final five minutes.
The Timberwolves were missing Derrick Rose (sore ankle), Tyus Jones (ankle sprain) and Jeff Teague (sore foot), which caused some trouble in executing the offense and players getting the ball in unfamiliar positions.
Timberwolves: Minnesota fumbled its way to 12 turnovers in the first half. ... Towns was limited to six first-half minutes because of foul trouble. ... The Timberwolves outscored the Jazz in the paint 48-38.
Jazz: Ingles got a technical in the fourth quarter. ... A bat flew around the arena, interrupting some of the players’ pregame shooting routines. The Jazz Bear mascot finally caught the bat. ... Brandon Flowers of the rock band The Killers sat courtside.
Timberwolves: Host Utah on Sunday.
Jazz: Visit Minnesota on Sunday.
ROCKETS 121, RAPTORS 119: At Houston, James Harden scored 35 points for his 22nd straight game with 30 or more and the Houston Rockets never trailed in a 121-119 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
After averaging 52.2 points over the last five games, capped by a franchise-record 61 on Wednesday night at New York, Harden slowed a bit as all of Houston’s starters scored 10 points or more.
Eric Gordon led that group with 24, Kenneth Faried had 21, P.J. Tucker added 18 and Austin Rivers 13. Faried also had a season-high 14 rebounds and blocked two shots in his third game with the Rockets.
Kawhi Leonard had 32 points for Toronto.
HORNETS 108, BUCKS 99: At Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 14 rebounds and NBA-leading Milwaukee rallied to beat Charlotte, outscoring the Hornets 32-12 in the fourth quarter.
Malcolm Brogdon added 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 18, and Khris Middleton 15 to help the Bucks improve to 35-12 with their sixth straight victory. They are 22-4 at home.
NETS 109, KNICKS 99: At New York, Theo Pinson, Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier carried a Brooklyn bench that dominated New York — even without Spencer Dinwiddie — for its sixth straight victory.
Pinson, on a two-way contract, scored a career-high 19 points. Davis had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Napier added 18 points as the Nets’ reserves turned around and then ran away with the game even without Dinwiddie, their sixth man who has torn ligaments in his right thumb.
D’Angelo Russell was largely ineffective with just 12 points, but Brooklyn put four reserves in double figures and had a 59-33 rebounding advantage.
Trey Burke scored 25 points and Noah Vonleh had a career-high 22 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Knicks. They have lost eight in a row and 21 of their last 23.
NUGGETS 132, SUNS 95: At Denver, Paul Millsap scored 20 points and Denver overcame Nikola Jokic’s one-game suspension to race past Phoenix, sending the short-handed Suns to their seventh straight loss.
Jokic, the Nuggets’ leader in points, rebounds and assists, was banished for a night by the NBA for leaving the bench during an altercation in Utah two nights earlier.
Devin Booker led the Suns with 35 points.
WIZARDS 95, MAGIC 91: At Orlando, Florida, Jeff Green made the go-ahead layup with 42 seconds left and scored a season-high 24 points to help Washington beat Orlando.
Bradley Beal had 27 points and seven assists for the Wizards. They won for the fifth time in seven games. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 28 points and nine rebounds.
CLIPPERS 106, BULLS 101: At Chicago, Lou Williams had 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double to help Los Angeles beat Chicago.
Zach Lavine scored 29 points for Chicago. The Bulls have lost 12 of their last 13.
MAVERICKS 106, PISTONS 101: At Dallas, Luka Doncic scored 32 points, Maxi Kleber hit a go-ahead 3-pointer after blocking a shot by Blake Griffin and Dallas beat Detroit.
Griffin scored 35 points for his eighth 30-point game in the past 11.
HEAT 100, CAVALIERS 94: At Cleveland, Justise Winslow scored 27 points and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Miami beat Cleveland.
Dwyane Wade scored 13 points in his final game at Quicken Loans Arena. Cedi Osman scored a career-high 29 points for the Cavaliers. They have lost 18 of 19.
KINGS 99, GRIZZLIES 96: At Memphis, Tennessee, Buddy Hield scored 26 points, De’Aaron Fox added 22, including a key 19-footer in the final minute, and Sacramento held off Memphis.
Omri Casspi led the Grizzlies with 18 points. The have lost eight straight.