SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz defeated the Orlando Magic 106-93 Wednesday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Jazz overcame a deficit of as many as 21 points in the victory and utilized a series of game-changing runs to do so.
Donovan Mitchell led the way with a game-high 33 points, 22 of which came during the second half, while Rudy Gobert finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds for his 33rd double-double of the season.
Here are three takeaways from the Jazz’s comeback win over the Magic.
RUN, RUN, RUN
The Jazz were seemingly undone by the hot shooting of the Magic in the first half, and trailed 32-19 after the first quarter and 63-46 at halftime.
A 23-3 run in the third quarter changed everything, however, as Utah rallied to take a 76-75 lead with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter, a lead the Jazz would not relinquish.
All told, Utah went on a 53-21 run to end the game and outscored the Magic 60-30 in the second half.
Mitchell was simply superb against the Magic.
The second-year guard finished with 33 points to lead all scorers, on 12 of 21 shooting. Mitchell was 4 of 7 from behind the arc, 5 of 6 at the line and dished out a team-high — tied with Joe Ingles — seven assists.
He was also excellent on the defensive end of the floor, his efforts against Orlando shooting guard Evan Fournier evidence to that fact. Mitchell helped limit the Frenchman to just one point on 0-8 shooting. Heading into the contest Fournier was averaging 15 points per game.
Additionally, Orlando’s backup shooting guard, Terrence Ross, had a miserable shooting night as well and finished with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
NETO ON THE SPOT
Raul Neto got the start at point guard for the Jazz, thanks to the absences of Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum and the Brazilian more than held his own.1 comment on this story
Neto finished with 10 points, three assists and a steal and had the team’s best plus/minus rating at +22.
Neto was particularly effective during the third quarter and helped key the Utah comeback.
Other standouts included Ingles (16 points and seven assists), Jae Crowder (nine points and a +20 rating) and Kyle Korver (11 points, including a 3 of 7 mark from three-point range).
Friday, January 11 vs. L.A. Lakers (22-19), 8 p.m. MDT
Saturday, January 12 vs. Chicago (10-30), 8 p.m. MDT
Monday, January 14 vs. Detroit (17-21), 7 p.m. MDT