SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz won their fifth straight game, picking up their 10th win in their last 11 games, by defeating the Charlotte Hornets 111-102 on Monday night at Vivint Arena. Here are three takeaways from the game:
Gobert gobbles up another double-double
Rudy Gobert tied Karl Malone's single-season record of double-doubles in Monday's win over the Hornets. Gobert achieved his 62nd double-double of the 2018-19 season, matching the former MVP's single-season (regular season) record, which the Mailman set in the 1987-88 season. With five games remaining in the regular season for the Jazz, it seems all but certain that Gobert will accrue at least one more double-double, setting the franchise record for most double-doubles in the regular season.
Gobert was one of best players on the court for the Jazz on Monday night, especially in the first quarter, as Gobert scored eight points during the opening period. The Stifle Tower would finish with 18 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks. Gobert was, as always, a big part of the Jazz's defense.
Rubio, Mitchell turn in excellent performances
A big part of the Jazz's big run in the second half of last season and the ensuing playoffs was Ricky Rubio's performance down the stretch. Rubio has been heating up at the right time for the Jazz, turning in his seventh straight double-digit points performance. Rubio got his seventh double-double of the season during the third quarter of Monday night's game, finishing with 20 points and 13 assists. Rubio was perfect from the free-throw line — 9-of-9.
Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell turned in his usual 20-plus-point performance, scoring 25 points — his 51st game of the season scoring 20 points or more. He finished a plus-22 in plus-minus. Mitchell was impactful on the defensive end as well, leading the team in steals with four.
Kemba Walker has a huge night in loss
Kemba Walker did his best to keep the Hornets in the game, and did a good job of it, scoring 47 of Charlotte's 102 points. Walker was 15-28 from the field and almost singlehandedly kept the Hornets in the game in the fourth quarter.
- Wednesday, April 3, at Phoenix (17-60), 8 p.m.
- Friday, April 5, vs. Sacramento (38-39), 7 p.m.
- Sunday, April 7, at L.A. Lakers (35-42), 7:30 p.m.