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Rubio’s Big First Half Leads Jazz Past Kings

Nov 25, 2018, 8:43 PM | Updated: 8:48 pm
SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 17: Ricky Rubio #3 of the Utah Jazz in action against the Sacramento Kings...
SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 17: Ricky Rubio #3 of the Utah Jazz in action against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on October 17, 2018 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Utah Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak with a 133-112 victory over the Sacramento Kings

Ricky Rubio was terrific to start the game, scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the opening period. By the end that the second quarter ended, Rubio had played the best first half of his career, with 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting. He finished the game with 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

“The ball was going in, but I didn’t force anything, the game came to me,” said Rubio after the game.

No Mitchell, No Problem.

The Jazz were without the services of Donovan Mitchell, who was out with a rib contusion he suffered in Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rubio also said that without Mitchell, it was important for the Jazz to set the tone early which is exactly what they did, outscoring the Kings in the first quarter and then in each of the following quarters.

By The Numbers

Rudy Gobert picked up his 18th double-double of the season with an 18-point, 15-rebound performance. He also hauled in seven offensive rebounds, which equaled the effort of Sacramento as a whole.

Including Gobert and Rubio, six Jazzmen finished in double-figure scoring. Joe Ingles contributed 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Jae Crowder and Alec Burks each had 14 points while Derrick Favors added 11 in a rare bench role.

The Kings were led in scoring by Bogdan Bogdanovic, who turned in 20 points.

Next Up

The Jazz will return one for a single-game homestand against the Indiana Pacers Monday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on AT&T SportsNet.

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