Mitchell scores 33 points, Jazz rally to beat Magic

Mitchell scores 33 points, Jazz rally to beat Magic

09/01/2019

Donovan Mitchell didn't let a nightmarish start for Utah slow him down after halftime.

Mitchell took over the Jazz's offense, hitting several critical baskets and setting up others to help spark a second-half rally that gave his team a 106-93 victory over Orlando on Wednesday night.

The second-year guard shot 75 percent from the field after halftime, going 8-of-12, and set up four other baskets with assists. Mitchell finished with 33 points and seven assists, helping Utah win for the third time in four games and improve to 21-21 overall.

His performance helped the Jazz overcome the absence of their top two point guards, Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum, who are both sidelined with injuries.

"My biggest thing is not to change the mindset just because we're down two point guards," Mitchell said. "Just being aggressive and making the right reads. That's what I've been doing and that's what I'm going to continue to do."

Joe Ingles added 16 points and seven assists, and Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Utah trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half before rallying behind a 25-3 run in the third quarter that completely erased the deficit. The Jazz went 13 of 21 from the field in the quarter while holding Orlando to 5-of-21 shooting.

The Magic ran off four straight baskets early in the quarter and took a 72-53 lead on D.J. Augustin's 3-pointer. Utah held Orlando to a single basket over the final 8:42 of the quarter to fuel the team's go-ahead run. Mitchell made three layups and Gobert converted a pair of three-point plays to get Utah within striking distance.

Utah took its first lead at 78-75 when Neto capped the run with a pair of layups.

"We did all the little things, making everything harder for them," Gobert said. "They came back in the second half thinking it was going to be easy for them and it was the opposite."

Once the Jazz got warmed up, they never cooled. Mitchell made two baskets and assisted on two others to fuel a 12-1 run and push Utah's lead to 102-89 with 2:02 left.

Augustin had 23 points and six assists for Orlando, Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and eight rebounds, and Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Magic ended a six-game trip with four straight losses and fell to 17-24 overall. It marked the third time in the road swing that Orlando blew a double-digit lead after blowing a 19-point advantage to Minnesota and a 15-point lead to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We've got to be more gritty," Gordon said. "We weren't gritty enough. When they're scoring, we can't let that affect our offense."

Orlando jumped out to a 28-7 lead on the strength of a 22-2 first quarter run, helped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Gordon. Vucevic and Augustin followed with an outside basket apiece to put Orlando ahead by double digits and Vucevic finished it off with a fadeaway jumper.

Utah rallied twice in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to 11 the second time on back-to-back baskets from Georges Niang. Issac and Vucevic answered with back-to-back 3-pointers that put the Magic ahead 59-42.

The Jazz had no trouble making their rally stick after halftime.

"We kept guarding and then we started to make some shots," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "Obviously, we defended the second half pretty darn well."

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