Rubio gets Jazz off and running in 133-112 win over Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A little film study went a long way for Ricky Rubio and helped Utah keep its long winning streak in Sacramento going.
Even with leading scorer Donovan Mitchell sitting out with bruised ribs.
Rubio scored 23 of his 27 points in the first half, Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 15 rebounds and the Jazz beat the Kings 133-112 on Sunday.
Mavericks hold Jazz to 22 in 2nd half, win 118-68 loss
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas and Utah made history. The Jazz weren't pleased with their share.
Harrison Barnes scored 19 points in 26 minutes and the Mavericks handed the Jazz their worst loss since moving to Utah, 118-68 on Wednesday night.
While in New Orleans, the Jazz lost to Milwaukee by 56, 158-102 on March 14, 1979.
"There was a point where we stopped competing," Utah coach Quin Snyder said. "We all have to own that and obviously the scoreboard reflected that.
Mitchell returns, Jazz end skid with win vs Mavs 117-102
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell returned to Utah's lineup, and so did the Jazz's tenacious defense.
The Jazz nearly led wire-to-wire in a 117-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night that snapped a four-game skid. They got there on the type of defensive play that propelled Utah into the playoffs a season ago.
The Jazz clogged passing lanes and forced the Mavericks to make bad decisions. Dallas committed 25 turnovers, and Utah turned them into 31 points.
Mitchell comes up big late as Jazz top Kings 123-117
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Donovan Mitchell wasn't happy with Utah's sporadic defense and neither was coach Quin Snyder.
Good thing the Jazz had plenty of scoring options to make up for it.
Mitchell scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Utah overcame an uneven performance on both ends of the floor to beat the Sacramento Kings 123-117 in the season opener for both teams Wednesday night.
Jazz pushing to join NBA elite with familiar faces in place
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bringing back a roster virtually unchanged from the end of last season isn't intended to be a sign that the Utah Jazz have embraced the status quo.
The Jazz want to send a much different message.
This is a team eager to prove last season's strong finish was simply a snapshot of a climb toward becoming an elite team. One thing is certain: Utah will not be sneaking up on anyone this time around, so an even better encore performance will be needed.
Utah Jazz open training camp focused on internal development
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah didn't make any major offseason moves but fans shouldn't mistake that for a sign the Jazz are satisfied with the status quo.
With the start of training camp, Utah players and coaches are echoing the same message: Continuity doesn't equal complacency.
The Jazz are focused on maximizing potential they showed toward the end of last season — with a roster that has returned mostly intact — once the regular season starts in mid-October.
Quin Snyder walked into his news conference after Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals with a stoic look, slowly rubbing his forehead, barely if ever cracking anything that would resemble a smile.
HOUSTON (AP) — Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets because of a strained left hamstring.
Rubio left Friday night's game against the Thunder in the first quarter with the injury. The team says it does not know how long he will be out, but coach Quin Snyder said after Friday's game he hoped it wasn't too serious. He said the injury "caught up with him a little bit" in a "tough series."
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell arrived at the arena wearing a white hoodie featuring the Mona Lisa. He left the court having authored a playoff masterpiece.
Even when the Jazz trailed in the first half, Utah coach Quin Snyder reminded Mitchell what he was capable of accomplishing.
"We're going to win this game and you're going to go off," Mitchell said his coach told him. "When you got a coach telling you that, your mindset changes and maybe you don't need to be nervous anymore."
Advantage Utah? Jazz’s Derrick Favors “100 percent” back
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Derrick Favors can find ways to impose his will, good things happen for the Utah Jazz.
Favors has been quietly, albeit effectively, getting it done against the Oklahoma City Thunder, playing in the shadows of Utah rookie of the year candidate Donovan Mitchell and Jazz center Rudy Gobert.
Mitchell lifts Jazz past Thunder 102-95 to even series
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It wasn't even clear until an hour before the game if Utah rookie Donovan Mitchell was going to play in Game 2 against Oklahoma City.
The Thunder probably wish he hadn't.
Mitchell, who played with a bruised left foot, scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz defeat Oklahoma City 102-95 and tie their Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece.
Jazz in position to claim 3 seed after beating Warriors
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has a chance to write one more chapter to an improbable comeback story.
The Jazz put themselves in position to claim the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference after cruising to a 119-79 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Utah did not waste time taking control of the game and led by double digits over the final 3 1/2 quarters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quin Snyder wasn't too concerned about the pressure of a win-and-in situation for his Utah Jazz.
"I'd rather have that pressure than the alternative," the coach said.
Now, he and the rest of the Jazz can rest easy.
Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points to help Utah clinch a playoff berth with a 112-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
Jazz beat Clippers 117-95 for 4th straight victory
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell looked at coach Quin Snyder when he arrived for shootaround Thursday, and the intensity on his face and in his body language was unmistakable.
"When he comes in like that, man, we generally respond with the same energy," Mitchell said.
The Jazz rookie scored 19 points, Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 117-95 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.
Rubio scores 31, leads Jazz past Lakers 117-110
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Passing the ball isn't the only role for Ricky Rubio these days. Rubio has remade himself into a true scoring threat with the Utah Jazz.
Rubio scored 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting, and added eight assists and six rebounds, to lift the Jazz to a 117-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
No current Missouri players were implicated in Friday's Yahoo report on FBI evidence of payments to athletes in college basketball nor were any players who have played at Missouri in recent years.
SALT LAKE CITY — Better days are coming. They have to be.
That’s what Quin Snyder told his Utah Jazz team in January, when his rotation was a mess of injury, the losses were piling up and the playoffs seemed a pipe dream.
Mitchell has 27 points, Jazz beat the Blazers 115-96
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder isn't keeping track of those wins just yet.
Utah's winning streak stood at nine on Sunday night after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 115-96. Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points and newcomer Jae Crowder had 15 in his Jazz debut.
Mitchell scores 25, Jazz top Hornets for 8th straight win
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The season hit a low point for Utah nearly three weeks ago in a 14-point loss to an Atlanta team that's currently tied for the fewest wins in the league.
The Jazz haven't lost since.
Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points and previewed his Slam Dunk Contest appearance with two tomahawk jams, and the Jazz extended their league-best winning streak to eight with a 106-94 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.
Rubio, Hood lead Jazz over Grizzlies 92-88 for 7th straight
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Utah Jazz ended their four-game road trip undefeated, though the final victory was much different than the others.
The Jazz offense, which had been running smoothly, struggled a bit Wednesday night but still did enough to produce a 92-88 win over the Memphis Grizzlies that marked Utah's seventh straight victory.
Hood scores 30, Jazz win 6th straight, 133-109 over Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rodney Hood put to rest any concerns about his health when used a hesitation dribble to blow past Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic and bolted down the lane for a soaring one-handed dunk.
Hood scored 30 points in his second game back from a bruised left shin and the surging Utah Jazz extended their winning streak to six with a 133-109 victory over New Orleans on Monday night.
Rubio’s 3 with 4 seconds left lifts Jazz past Raptors 97-93
TORONTO (AP) — Ricky Rubio's big 3-pointer gave the Utah Jazz back-to-back wins for the first time in more than a month.
Rubio drained the winning basket with 4 seconds remaining as the Jazz earned a 97-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
"Ricky is mentally tough," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "He wants those shots and he got one tonight. It was good to see him knock it down."
Mitchell scores 34 in Utah’s 120-105 win over Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had another big game and added to his growing list of spectacular dunks with a one-handed jam in the third quarter. Still, coach Quin Snyder had a little critique for the rookie.
Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha to undergo knee surgery
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha will have surgery on his right knee Wednesday.
The defensive specialist has decided to repair an avulsion of the medial collateral ligament after suffering the injury against the Hornets on Jan. 12. He was originally diagnosed with a knee sprain.
The team did not give a timeline for his return, but there are fears it could be a long absence.
Lyle scores career-high 26 as Nuggets beat Jazz 99-91
DENVER (AP) — Trey Lyles was considered expendable by Utah on draft night in June. He did his best to show the Jazz it was a mistake to let him go.
Lyles scored a career-high 26 points, Jamal Murray also had 26 points and the Denver Nuggets beat Utah 99-91 on Friday night.
Lyles also grabbed seven rebounds. He averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two home games against his former team to help the Nuggets split the season series with the Jazz.
Jazz C Rudy Gobert out with injured left knee
CLEVELAND (AP) — Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is out because of an injured left knee and will be reevaluated in two weeks.
Gobert had an MRI on Saturday that revealed a sprained posterior cruciate ligament and a bone bruise. He was injured less than two minutes into Friday's game against Boston when teammate Derrick Favors fell backward into his leg, sending Gobert to the floor.
Burks scores 27, Jazz run away from Wizards 116-69
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz looked lottery bound two weeks ago after losing 8 of 10. They've rebounded with six straight wins, including their most lopsided victory of the season.
Alec Burks scored 27 points for his third straight game with 20 or more, and the Jazz blew out the Wizards 116-69 on Monday night.
Jazz C Rudy Gobert set to return after missing 11 games
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert is available to play for the Utah Jazz against the Washington Wizards on Monday night after missing the last 11 games with a bruised bone in his lower right leg.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder said the center will be on a minutes restriction but declined to detail the exact number, saying "they're not hard and fast."
Jazz overwhelm Clippers in 4th quarter to win 126-107
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a matchup of injury-riddled teams, the Utah Jazz had more depth and made it matter.
Alec Burks scored a season-high 28 points off the bench and the Jazz went on a 22-4 run early in the fourth quarter Thursday night to turn a one-point advantage into a 126-107 victory over the worn-out Los Angeles Clippers.
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah point guard Ricky Rubio started this new NBA season with his new team shooting and scoring where he left off with the Timberwolves last season, which he ended the final two months looking like a changed player.
Mitchell has 28 points, Jazz top Trail Blazers 112-103 in OT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Faith became the keyword in Quin Snyder's postgame press conference. The Utah Jazz coach talked about his faith in rookie Donovan Mitchell, his faith in Ricky Rubio and his faith in his team.
Mitchell scored a career-high 28 points and the Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-103 in overtime Wednesday night.
The game was tight throughout, with 17 lead changes and 14 ties — and neither team ever leading by double-digits.
Jazz guard Dante Exum to have surgery on separated shoulder
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum will have surgery to repair a separated left shoulder.
The surgery is scheduled for Oct. 24 in Los Angeles and there is no announced timeline for his return.
Exum was injured in a preseason game against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 6 when he landed awkwardly on the floor.
Burks scores 16, Jazz roll to 117-78 win over Maccabi Haifa
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Alec Burks is just happy to be healthy after missing 146 games the last three seasons due to ankle, knee, leg and shoulder issues. He's finally feeling like the versatile, athletic wing that the Utah Jazz were excited to sign to a multiyear extension in 2014.
Burks scored 16 points and the Jazz cruised to a 117-78 preseason victory over Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday night.
Ingles stays with Utah Jazz with four-year deal
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Forward Joe Ingles agreed to a four-year contract to remain with the Utah Jazz on Saturday, who are also hoping to retain Gordon Hayward.
Priority Sports announced the deal on Twitter, which ESPN first reported was worth $52 million.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors' offense — led by former MVPs Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant — has overwhelmed the Utah Jazz for a 3-0 lead in the second-round Western Conference playoff series.
Lost in the highlights has been a smothering defense allowing just 99.3 points per game — second-best among teams still alive in the postseason.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Now, the Golden State Warriors want Draymond Green to pack his 3-point shot for the altitude of Salt Lake City.
Green showed Quin Snyder his hot hand and range up close, knocking down five 3-pointers and scoring 21 points before a brief knee scare late in the Golden State Warriors' 115-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Thursday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz starting point guard George Hill will not play against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 due to left big toe soreness. The injury has lingered throughout the season and kept the ninth-year veteran from 16 regular-season games.
Hill has averaged 15.6 points, 3.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds in the playoffs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The only thing stopping Gordon Hayward in the playoffs was a case of food poisoning.
Utah's All-Star forward averaged 23.7 points — breaking out for a career-high 40 in Game 3 — over seven games to propel the Jazz into the second round of the playoffs with a 104-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Joe Johnson saved the Utah Jazz — again.
"Iso Joe" has become a major problem for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Johnson scored 28 points, and the Jazz beat the Clippers 105-98 on Sunday night to tie their first-round playoff series at 2-all. It was Utah's first home playoff win since 2010.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Smaller, quicker guards have given the Utah Jazz fits in many instances this season. Tuesday wasn't one of them.
Gordon Hayward scored 30 points and Rudy Gobert added 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Jazz to a 106-87 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Jazz controlled the game most of the night with a defensive effort that bottled up everyone not named C.J. McCollum, and the Blazers never found a consistent offensive flow.
Hayward leads Jazz past Pistons 97-83
DETROIT (AP) — It appeared that the Detroit Pistons weren't fully ready to play Wednesday night — and the Utah Jazz took advantage.
The Jazz held Detroit to 35 points in the first half and went on to a 97-83 victory in their final game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
"We were really fundamentally sound in the first half, and played good defense," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "I don't give that out very easily, but that's as sound and solid as we've been in a while."
HOUSTON (AP) — Utah coach Quin Snyder liked his team's performance on Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets.
However, he thinks another factor may have been just as important in the victory.
"A lot of times you just have to be fortunate against a team that's that good," he said. "We were lucky tonight."
Rudy Gobert and Gordon Hayward each scored 23 points to help the Jazz beat the Rockets 115-108 for their fourth straight victory.
Westbrook’s 43, triple-double lead Thunder past Jazz
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder feared the worst during his pregame media session as he considered how to handle Russell Westbrook, the triple-double machine and league scoring leader.
Hayward scores 30 points as Jazz beat Wizards 102-92
WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah coach Quin Snyder praised the Washington Wizards' guards before and after Sunday's game.
In between, his Jazz beat them.
Gordon Hayward scored 30 points, Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 20 rebounds, and the Jazz beat the Wizards 102-92 on Sunday for their third straight victory.
Utah coach Snyder expects Hood to return from injury Friday
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder expects Rodney Hood to return to game action Friday.
Hood has participated in both practices since the team returned from the All-Star break. He sat out some portions of Wednesday's practice, but was a full participant Thursday.
Hayward scores 33, Jazz rally for 105-98 win over Hornets
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Quin Snyder was not thrilled with the urgency of his team.
The Utah Jazz gave up 38 points in the third quarter before deciding to pick up the defense and execute a ferocious comeback.
Gordon Hayward scored 33 points and the Jazz rallied to defeat the Charlotte Hornets 105-98 on Saturday night.
Gobert shines in Jazz’s 104-88 win over Bucks
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jazz coach Quin Snyder was extremely unhappy after the Milwaukee Bucks dropped 27 points on Utah in the first quarter Wednesday night.
A stern reminder that the Jazz are a defense-first team, and things got back on track for the home team.
Rudy Gobert scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, leading the Jazz to an easy 104-88 victory over the Bucks.
The double-double was Gobert's 33rd of the season for the Jazz, who also got 27 points from Gordon Hayward.
Hill scores 30 vs. former team as Jazz beat Pacers 109-100
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — George Hill insisted there was no extra motivation in facing his former team for the first time since being traded during the summer.
Motivation or not, the Utah Jazz point guard torched the Indiana Pacers for one of his best games of the season.
Hill scored a season-high 30 points and the Jazz led wire-to-wire in a 109-100 win over the Pacers on Saturday night. He was seven shy of his career high.
Hood’s season-high 27 lead Jazz to 110-77 win over Pistons
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder has had a consistent message for Rodney Hood this season: Keep shooting, keep shooting, keep shooting.
Hood did exactly that Friday night and scored a season-high 27 points as the Jazz rolled over the Detroit Pistons, 110-77.
"He just shoots better when he's decisive," Snyder said. "I think he understands what we want and the message is consistent. He's just got to keep doing it.