Rubio, Mitchell lead Jazz to overtime win over Portland

Ricky Rubio scores 30 points, while Donovan Mitchell adds 28

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz are still perfect at home.

Ricky Rubio scored a season-high 30 points, while rookie Donovan Mitchell scored a career-high 28 points as the Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-103 in overtime Wednesday night.

The Jazz are now 5-0 on the season.

""I was pleased with how we competed," said head coach Quin Snyder. "The game wasn't really fluid for either team early on. I thought we hung in there and did some things and didn't get discouraged. As the game progressed, we were much more aggressive."

The game was tight throughout, with 17 lead changes and 14 ties -- and neither team ever leading by double-digits.

The Jazz ran their offense through Mitchell in overtime and he didn't disappoint. He accounted for the first six Utah points with a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and Rudy Gobert's two free throws that Mitchell set up with a pass to the cutting big man.

Rubio buried a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 30.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Jazz a seven-point lead and put the game away.

"I was open and missed a couple shots late in the fourth quarter," Rubio said. "But I knew in overtime I would make good shots. I'm happy because this is one of the wins that we're going to remember if we want to make the playoffs."

The two Utah guards were fantastic down the stretch after the Jazz struggled on the offensive end.

Former Weber State star Damian Lillard, who scored 59 points the last time he played against the Jazz in April, put the Blazers on his shoulders in the fourth quarter, but was kept in relative check in overtime. The two-time All Star finished with 33 points, and Jusuf Nurkic had a season-high 19 points.

The Blazers cleared out for Lillard on the final possession of regulation, but Gobert blocked his floater as time expired.

The Jazz bench outscored Portland's reserves, 54-20. Mitchell outscored the entire bench by himself, 28-20.

Utah made 13 of 29 three-pointers, but shot just 37.8 percent from the field. 

The Jazz improve to 5-3 on the season, and next host Toronto Friday night.


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