PHILADELPHIA (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 21 rebounds and the Utah Jazz extended their winning streak to six games with a 118-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
Hassan Whiteside added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Utah.
Joel Embiid had 19 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers. Seth Curry scored 18 points and Tobias Harris 17 for Philadelphia, who had won four of five.
Both teams were playing the second night in a row, and it was the 76ers who looked tired after halftime.
âI think you go through the ups and downs of the season, sometimes you just decide not to get tired,â jazz coach Quin Snyder said. âWhen you play well, it makes it easier. “
The Jazz had come off a 136-104 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night in which they scored 25 points by 3 points, two short of their season high.
“They’re playing for free,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said. âThey do a lot of 3s, they stretch the floor. It’s a tough basketball team, especially offensively.
But against the Sixers, the Jazz, who finished with 15 3 points, used their inside play to gain control in the third quarter. Whiteside’s three-point play pushed their advantage into double digits, and Rudy Gay’s finish at close range and a free shot for another three-point play gave Utah their biggest lead at this point, 71 -58 with 2:27 to go in the third.
The Jazz stayed the course in the fourth quarter, firmly taking control of Jordan Clarkson’s 3-point pointer to lead 99-81 with 7:21 to go. Utah’s lead reached up to 23 points in a dominant fourth quarter.
âI didn’t feel like we had a lot going on tonight,â Rivers said.
Embiid was back on the pitch for the seventh game in a row after missing nine straight due to COVID-19 protocols. He’s been more like himself lately, scoring 32 points and being active in Philadelphia’s 110-106 win over Charlotte on Wednesday, when the 76ers completed a two-game sweep against the host Hornets over three days.
And the four-time All-Star finalist and MVP last season showed his unique athleticism for a 7-footer against the Jazz, dribbling the length of the field while crossing Whiteside twice before finishing with a one-handed dunk with 4:04 remaining. in the first quarter.
But Embiid was calm after half-time, scoring just six points within 24 seconds, and his frustration showed when he committed a technical foul with 5:04 left in the fourth for arguing with the official.
âIt was a tough night shooting the ball, especially from 3,â Embiid said after Philadelphia went from 6 of 33 deep. âWhen you play against a team like this you really can’t afford to make mistakes and we missed a lot of shots. “
Snyder defended Gobert against comments from Timberwolves Patrick Beverley and Anthony Edwards after Utah’s game at Minnesota on Wednesday. Beverley and Edwards criticized Gobert, saying the NBA three-time defensive player of the year is not a 1-on-1 against the opponent’s best players.
âHe doesn’t put any fear in my heart,â Edwards said.
Snyder said each opposing team must adapt to the 7-foot-1 French native.
âEvery team we play, their attacking game plan is how to attack Rudy or how not to attack him,â Snyder said ahead of Thursday’s game. “He’s our best isolation defender, the best rim protector in the league.”
Gobert did not return the beards to the Timberwolves.
âIt’s funnier than anything, but it’s part of the game,â he said. âI stay in my line. I don’t shoot anyone.
Jazz: Whiteside returned to the lineup after sitting down twice in a row with a contusion to his left buttock.
76ers: Tyrese Maxey had 11 points in his second game after missing a contest with illness. Maxey fell hard after scoring on a layup with 6:14 left in the second and appeared to hit his head on the pitch. He went to the locker room, but returned later in the quarter. . Rivers was happy to have his whole team at the start. âThey said there were no injuries, nothing,â he said. “I almost went into shock.” . Embiid briefly left the pitch with an injury to the abdominal area on the right side which he said had bothered him from the first quarter but later said he didn’t think it was serious.
Jazz: Improved to 10-2 on the road and completed a four game trip Saturday in Washington.
76ers: Down to 5-2 with Embiid in the lineup in Philadelphia, and 5-6 overall on home turf. . Are 4-3 since Embiid returned to the lineup on Nov. 27. . Embiid averages around 10 free throws per game, but has only gone to the line twice. He was 15 of 19 in the strip Wednesday against Charlotte.
Jazz: In Washington on Saturday.
76ers: Host Golden State Saturday.
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